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ecpd402";p="51833 said:
Unless it has changes since I was an MP. the civilian police can only detain. They notify the local MP who in turn refer the matter to the JAG. the military decides whether to charge or send it to the civilian courts. Usually the civilian courts don't mind because the UCMJ punishments are far worse than a civilian court.
You would be surprised at the leniency of court marital sentences. I would much rather be sentenced by a court martial than a civilian court for anything other than purely military offenses, ie UA. For example, ICE arrested a military member with child porn who would have gotten 5-10 years in federal court. He went to a Special Court Martial which has a max penalty of 1 yr. He got less.

The commands also routinely flush good cases for good soldiers/sailors.
 
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