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Fraternization & Adultery

Military Fraternization & Adultery Attorney

Worldwide Improper Relationship Defense Lawyer

The military controls relationships between servicemen and servicewomen. Sometimes, this means putting a foot down on friendships between officers and enlisted members; other times, it means criminalizing adultery. While friendships and extramarital sexual relationships are not criminal outside of the military, you may face nonjudicial punishment (NJP) or court-martial proceedings for your alleged actions.

Military fraternization defense lawyer Patrick J. McLain has more than 30 years of legal experience, which he uses to aggressively defend Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, and Marines against military offense charges such as fraternization and adultery. He is a former Marine, former federal prosecutor, former USMC defense attorney, and retired court-martial trial judge. 

Each of these experiences contributes to his commitment to the comprehensive defense of servicemen and women around the world. Contact us today. 

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The military places special importance on preserving rank and chain of command and preventing any appearance of favoritism.

Under Article 134 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ), commissioned and warrant officers of the military can be charged with fraternization if they:

  • Fraternized on terms of military equality with one or more subordinates;
  • Violated military custom that officers shall not fraternize with subordinates; and
  • Prejudiced good order and discipline in the armed forces or brought discredit to the armed forces.

Noncommissioned officers and petty officers are governed by separate rules, but they are generally bound to the same elements as those listed above.


Members of the armed forces can be charged with adultery if they:

  • Wrongfully had sexual intercourse with another person;
  • That person was married or the military member was married; and
  • The conduct prejudiced good order and discipline in the armed forces or discredited the armed forces.

Contact the Law Offices of Patrick J. McLain today at (888) 606-3385

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Protecting Your Reputation

Do not let unsubstantiated fraternization and adultery accusations ruin your future. Discuss your legal rights and options with experienced a military defense lawyer. Our law firm will thoroughly investigate your case and aggressively negotiate with the military to drop your charges or reduce the potential consequences you face.

Contact us to discuss your case today and start building your defense and saving your career.


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    He completely cared, took my case personally, always made me feel as though I was his most important client, and was knowledgeable on all subjects. I give him the highest rating possible and totally recommend him to anyone who is 

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    "Amazing lawyer who fights for you!"
    A tremendous lawyer in a time of need. After being accused of conduct unbecoming an officer for personal conduct while off duty, I hired Mr. McLain to help me through the process. He diligently worked behind the scenes to make sure my voice was being heard. Despite my inability to listen to his direction early on, Mr. Mclain was patient and continued to fight on my behalf. Mr. McLain helped me win at a board of inquiry with no other disciplinary action. A sincere man, who is dedicated to his clients. Would strongly recommend and is a great asset to military clients everywhere.
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    "I won my military case due to his diligence, knowledge and experience in military law."

    I cannot recommend Patrick highly enough. I won my military case due to his diligence, knowledge and experience in military law. Had I proceeded on my own, I would have lost, for the process was simply too complex. When working with Patrick, there was never a time when I felt left in the dark on my case, nor a time when his assessments and instructions were unclear. Should you be in any difficult circumstance, Patrick will work his tail off for you and keep you clearly informed on the status of your case. Again, I highly recommend the services of Patrick McLain.

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    "He is a hard worker and will fight for you the moment you choose him to be on your team!"

    My husband hired Patrick for his summary court martial and Patrick and his team were there every step of the way. They communicated everything they needed and were even there when either me or my husband had any questions. He is a hard worker and will fight for you the moment you choose him to be on your team!

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    I called McLain when the military charged me with some B.S., McLain immediately jumped into action and made things happen in my favor. Don't do it alone … your military chain of command will try to make you think that your cooperation will help you, it will NOT. I was entirely impressed with McLain's work on my 

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    "Great lawyer and better person"
    Mr. McLain helped me through the most difficult experience in my life. As a Marine Officer facing an upcoming board of inquiry for conduct issues, I was fearful of losing a career that I deeply cherished. Mr. McLain not only gave me perfect legal advice throughout the process, but also reached out many times to see how I was doing on a personal level. A great lawyer and better person, Mr. McLain helped me become successful in my board of inquiry and keep moving forward in my career. His knowledge and experience are top notch, and his military experience and personal qualities make him the best lawyer out there to defend military personnel. Would highly recommend to anyone.
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    I have found my lawyer Patrick McLain, to be honest, right to the point, consistently giving me realistic outcomes through the whole process of my case. He's definitely no nonsense, cut to the chase. As a client…I've never been left hanging; he makes sure all my correspondence is returned. He's got amazing strength and integrity with the combination of experience, insight, and knowledge of military law. He stands behind his words and expects the same in return. I say my blessings every day for him taking my case. With him as my attorney, I've achieved best possible outcomes.

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