Article 119 UCMJ Manslaughter Lawyers
Manslaughter (Article 119) and negligent homicide (Article 134) are some of the most serious types of cases that lead to court-martial. These typically involve fatal vehicle accidents and accidental discharge of firearms. However, not every tragedy has a villain.
Every case with a named victim is emotional for those affected, but when death is involved, the stakes are much higher. These cases are complicated and can receive high levels of media attention. Military authorities may feel a need to set a strong example to prove a point to the local community and to a family who has lost a loved one. Most military defense attorneys do not have experience dealing with these scenarios, but our Article 119 UCMJ manslaughter lawyers do.
A key issue in death cases is “proximate cause.” The government must prove the accused’s actions played a substantial role in bringing about the death of the victim. Contributory negligence by the deceased is not a defense, but it may be powerful evidence to reduce the severity of the outcome. If the defense can prove an “intervening cause,” that is, something completely outside the control of the accused, this may result in a not guilty finding.
While these cases are tragic, not every tragedy has a villain. At Military Law, our experienced team of military defense lawyers and investigators will explore every avenue. We will never stop fighting for your best result.