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Civilian Criminal Law and Military Personnel

While military service members are normally subject to laws and punishments under the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ), there are times when civilian courts also have jurisdiction over crimes committed by service members. This can happen when a service member commits a crime outside of a military installation. As a result, it is that much more important for service members to ensure that they are complying with the laws of their state as well as those of the UCMJ. This section will help you to understand how civilian criminal laws can affect you in conjunction with the UCMJ, particularly as it relates to DUI laws, one of the more common multi-jurisdictional situations that service members can encounter.

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