Marine Law

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United States Colonial Marines
Uniform Code of Military Justice

Laws and Punishments

Charges: Only one charge may be applied per person, per unlawful event, except Resisting Arrest which can be optionally added on to any charge. It is the duty of the arresting MP to determine which charge to apply. The Chief MP or CO may override this decision ONLY before the prisoner has been brigged unless he/she is giving the prisoner a lower time than the arresting MP. The Minimum Punishment should be used in most cases unless it is a duplicate crime or several crimes have been committed and only one can be chosen.


Permanent Confinement: If the total punishment is to exceed 60 minutes, the Chief MP or CO can give special permission for permanent confinement, no matter the crime.


Aiding, abetting, conspiring: Assisting others in committing a crime, directly or indirectly, encouraging them to commit one (including bribery), conspiring or attempting to commit a crime will be treated as having committed that crime with regards to punishment.


Optional

These can be added on to any existing charge as needed.

Charge Description Minimum Punishment Maximum Punishment
Resisting Arrest To resist a lawful arrest or search by a Military Police officer. 10 minutes 30 minutes
Aiding and Abetting Assisting others in committing a crime, directly or indirectly, or encouraging them to commit one. Same punishment as the crime committed Same punishment as the crime committed

Minor Crimes

Charge Description Minimum Punishment Maximum Punishment
Failure to Follow Procedure Failing to follow the regulations found in the Standard Operating Procedure. Warning 15 Minutes; Equipment confiscation
Damage to Government Property Damaging the ship or making any unauthorized modifications to it as outlined in Standard Operating Procedure. Return ship to its exact previous state. 30 Minutes
Prevarication To intentionally order the arrest of a marine who is then found to be innocent, or to apply an improper or abusive NJP. 5 Minutes 10 Minutes
Hooliganism Behavior that is generally disruptive to the ship and crew that classifies as low-level shenanigans not deserving of more severe punishment. Things such as excessive window knocking, force-feeding other marines or failing to conduct oneself properly during briefing. 5 Minutes 10 Minutes
Trespassing Unauthorized access of an area which a person does not have access to at the beginning of the shift or without command/superior approval. Escort out of the unauthorised area 30 Minutes
Insubordination Failing to follow a lawful order from a superior. Using offensive names or being directly disrespectful to someone of a higher rank or position. Each offense stacks. 5 Minutes 10 Minutes
Intoxication To consume alcohol or other substances such as alcohol or hallucinogenic drugs resulting in impaired job performance. Brig time until sober Brig time until sober; Demotion
Contraband Possessing, or distributing controlled substances or unauthorized items or weapons as defined in Standard Operating Procedure or impairing, intoxicating or addictive drugs such as Mindbreaker, this does not include custom mixes or dosages of medicinal drugs. 10 minutes; confiscation of contraband items Permabrig; confiscation of contraband; Demotion
Theft To take items (or property) from another person or entity without their express permission, or to retain possession of items that have been taken without permission. 10 minutes; item returned to the owner 30 minutes; item returned to the owner


Major Crimes

Charge Description Minimum Punishment Maximum Punishment
Disorderly Conduct Directly and intentionally disrupting primary operations of the ship. Fighting in the RO line, disrupting the briefing. 15 Minutes 30 Minutes
Neglect of duty Failure to perform one’s role to an acceptable standard. For example, a Commanding Officer failing to properly organize and ensure his personnel are given orders, failing to follow proper procedure in detriment of one’s duties, or ship crew leaving the ship without authorization from the Commanding Officer or their Department Head. Any officer who commits a crime may be charged with Neglect of Duty in addition to the appropriate crimes. 15 Minutes 25 minutes; Demotion/removal of command
Assault To threaten or use physical force against someone with ill intent, but without intent to kill. 15 minutes 30 minutes
Disrespecting a superior Officer Using offensive names or being directly disrespectful to someone of a Commissioned Officer of higher rank or position. Each offense stacks. 15 minutes 30 minutes
Manslaughter Killing someone without malicious intent. Manslaughter may be applied if someone dies as a result of a fight where the intent was not to kill. 20 minutes; Demotion 30 Minutes; Demotion
Assault with a deadly weapon To threaten or use physical force against someone with ill intent and with a lethal weapon such as a sidearm, blade, or rifle. 30 minutes Permanent confinement
Illegal Confinement Unlawfully detaining a person against their will. Includes, kidnapping, hostage taking and confining people in cells without charging them for a crime. Does not apply to Prisoners of War. 30 minutes Permanent confinement
Interfering with an arrest To disrupt or interfere with a lawful arrest done by the military police. Same punishment as accused Permanent confinement

Capital Crimes

Charge Description Minimum Punishment Maximum Punishment
Jailbreak/Escape To escape, assist in an escape, attempt escape, or be willfully and knowingly broken out. Double initial time is applied to all involved Permanent Confinement
Sexual Assault To attempt to or succeed in the acts of assaulting another person sexually, including rape. Permanent confinement Execution / (OOC Note: Doing this risks a server ban)
Murder or Unauthorized Execution Killing someone with malicious intent. This includes Synthetic units. Executions are only authorized as outlined in Execution Procedure. Permanent confinement Execution
Sedition To engage in actions or refuse to follow orders as to overthrow or usurp the legitimate command structure. Permanent confinement Execution
Desertion Refusing to carry out the duties essential to one’s post or abandoning post unauthorized, without intent to return. (Retreating from the planet when the FOB is breached is not Desertion, refusing to return when ordered is). Permanent confinement Execution

Non-Judicial Punishments (NJPs)

For crimes with a sentence equal to or lower than 10 minutes, the arresting MP, Chief MP or the Commanding Officer may administer a Non-Judicial Punishment instead of a brig sentence. NJPs may only be issued to those they outrank. This may range from reprimands or PT to extra duties or reassignment to a new post, but may not be physically abusive. Additionally, Commissioned Officers and Squad Leaders may apply NJPs to marines under their command should they be insubordinate or disrespectful. Failure to comply with non-judicial punishment will result in a 10 minute increase to brig time. NJPs may not impede the marine from performing his duty for more than 10 minutes. All punishment-related orders to perform tasks outside a marine's assigned duties are considered NJPs and require the subject to have committed a named criminal offense to be issued.


Application

The UCMJ applies to all personnel in the vicinity of a USCM Operation or on board a ship, this includes the Commanding Officer and Chief MP. The only exceptions are specially dispatched officials from High command or the Provost Marshal Office and Diplomatically Immune Company Executives (not the onboard Liaison or PMC teams).

  • On USCM ships and operations, the law is enforced by the MPs and Chief MP and they operate independently from the normal command structure ONLY in matters related to the enforcement of the Law.
  • The Commanding Officer of the Almayer has final say on law enforcement within his operational area unless overseen by higher officials of the Provost Marshal Office or High Command.
  • The Chief MP is the second highest authority in law enforcement, above even the Executive Officer. While he may perform arrests, it is his duty to administrate the brig, ensure records are updated, timers are properly set, procedure is observed and to review cases and evidence.
  • Military Police may, at their discretion, ignore Minor Crimes unless they are ordered to enforce one. However, they should never break Marine Law themselves - Minor or Major crimes.


Lawful Orders

Marines are required to follow all lawful orders from their superiors and required NOT to follow unlawful orders. Giving an unlawful order with ill intent or one that is carried out will see the marine who gave the order given the same punishment as the marine who carried it out. Unlawful orders are those orders that, when carried out, would result in a breach of Marine Law. Orders meant as punishment that would cause a Marine to have to Neglect their Duties (such as “go stand here for ten minutes” or “run three laps around the hangar”) are also unlawful unless applied as NJPs.

Officer Requested Arrests

Should a Commissioned Officer order an arrest for a crime, MPs MUST arrest that person. They may arrest and hold that person for ten minutes while they gather evidence. Should the suspect be declared innocent of all accused crimes, the requesting officer may incur a Prevarication charge. The time for any crimes the suspect committed as a result of the arrest must still be served, however.


Arrest Procedure

Compliant Suspect (not resisting or running)

  1. Verbally inform the suspect you are taking them into custody and the charge.
  2. Order the suspect to the ground.
  3. Handcuff the suspect.
  4. Bring the suspect to the Brig for processing.

Non-Compliant Suspect (resisting or running)

  1. Prepare a non-lethal method of neutralization
  2. Apply until they are no longer resisting
  3. Secure the suspect and Inform the suspect of their charge
  4. Bring the suspect to the brig

Lethal Force

During emergencies such as mutinies and boardings or against suspects who have used a lethal weapon against law enforcement or other personnel, the Chief MP or Commanding Officer may authorize the use of lethal force.

Suspect in Area of Operations

Arrests are restricted to the FOB, dropships, and secure areas unless in "hot pursuit" - the suspect flees the MP outside the secure area. Should there be hostiles in the vicinity, the MP is required to abort the arrest and move to a secure area. If the Almayer gets boarded by a hostile force, secure areas will be those defended by ship crew.


Search Procedure

Personnel

  1. Inform the person you are conducting a search and the reason.
  2. If possible, conduct the search in the Brig or an isolated area so nothing is stolen.
  3. Begin the search and confiscate any illegal items, you may use non-lethal force to restrain them if they don't comply.
  4. If illegal items are found, secure them until the search is complete. Should this be impossible, request that another MP assist you by taking the items to Evidence Storage. If the confiscated items warrant a brig sentence, follow Detainment and Brig procedures, otherwise release them. Searches do not incur a Prevarication charge.
  5. Return items to Requisitions that are no longer needed for evidence.

Area

  1. Announce your intent to search the area and vacate it of personnel unrelated to the search. If someone responsible for the area is on-site, inform them of the reason.
  2. Obtain access to the area, if nobody with access is present, request that properly trained personnel override the door.
  3. Search the area for evidence and ensure all evidence is secured.
  4. Restore the searched area to its previous state as closely as possible.
  5. Reopen the area to normal traffic and take all evidence to the brig for processing.
  6. Return items to Requisitions that are no longer needed for evidence.


Detainment and Brig Procedures

Note: If the prisoner is removed from his cell for ANY REASON the timer is PAUSED. Time spent outside a cell does NOT count towards time being served for the crime. To properly brig a prisoner verify the following checklist in no particular order:

  • Set the timer
  • Put them in an orange uniform and shoes
  • Give them a standard headset
  • Take their ID off
  • Buckle them to the bed, flash or stun them and recover your handcuffs, then exit the cell.
  • Search their belongings.
  • Update their records with their "Prisoner" status, charges and the time they are serving.
  • Once the timer is over, let them grab their belongings, escort them out of the brig and set their record status to "Released".

If a prisoner is SSD at the end of their sentence, redress them, secure their pouches and place them in the brig Cryo.


Executions

Executions are limited to those prisoners who have committed crimes with execution as a possible punishment or those whose timer exceeds one hour. Executions must be authorised by the Commanding Officer or BOTH the Executive Officer and Chief MP if the Commanding Officer is absent.

  • The Commanding Officer, Executive Officer or Chief MP must make a ship-wide announcement from the CIC communication console informing the crew of the intent to execute the prisoner, why, and the execution method. In a Code Red or Code Delta situation, this procedure can be ignored. (Example: "I, Captain Erin Kowalski, hereby authorize the execution of Donald Cluwne on the charges of murder, assault, and damage to the ship. He will be executed by firing squad in the briefing room.") Authorized methods of execution are either Firing Squad (handled by MPs) or Lethal Injection (handled by CMO).
  • The Commanding Officer, Executive Officer OR Chief MP MUST be present at the execution.
  • The Condemned MUST be given a chance to give any final words. They may use a radio for this even if their radio was taken for abuse.


Prisoner Rights

The following is a list of basic rights the prisoners have. With the exception of Access to a Radio, they can NOT be denied, except in an extreme situation and only then with authorization from the Chief MP or CO.

Protection and Medical Treatment

All prisoners must be kept safe and unharmed, to this end as long as there are prisoners in the brig, an MP or the Chief MP must remain in the brig at all times. Treatment should take place inside the brig when possible. If not, an MP must escort the prisoner to the infirmary and watch over them at all times while they are treated. Self-harm may result in being straitjacketed for the duration of the sentence.

Access to a Radio

Unless the prisoner has abused the radio (such as spamming it for help after being asked to stop), they are authorized a standard headset. If any MP believes that it is being abused this right can be denied.

Appeal Sentence in a timely manner

Prisoners have the right to appeal their sentence to the Chief MP, Commanding Officer, Executive Officer or someone they designate. However, the Chief MP has final say on all appeals and may override anyone except the CO. If none of the above persons are present, an MP different from the one that ordered the arrest must conduct the appeal. During an appeal, the person conducting it is expected to review all evidence and testimonies of the suspect's crimes. Should they conclude the suspect is innocent, ONLY the time for the crimes they are innocent of is to be removed. Under no circumstances may anyone be given a pardon (unless the CO uses his right to pardon) if there is evidence that shows a crime was committed.


Special Provisions

Medical Experiments

An individual may waive their rights in order to participate in a medical experiment. Researchers performing approved medical experiments may not be held liable for harm inflicted on the subject within the approved parameters of the experiment. All experiments require the signed approval of either the Commanding Officer, or the Executive Officer and Chief Medical Officer.

Insanity

Prisoners suffering evident insanity who have committed a violent crime may be placed in permanent confinement if it is believed they pose a danger to ship or personnel until the Chief Medical Officer declares them sound of mind.

Mutinies and arresting the Commanding Officer

Attempting to overthrow legitimate command staff is obviously illegal and MPs must do everything in their power to prevent it. MPs must contact High Command for approval before taking any action against the Commanding Officer. If there is no commanding officer, the person in command of the operation may be arrested, but High Command must be notified after the fact through fax.

Should a mutiny be successful and the Commanding Officer or ranking officer in command is deposed or surrenders, MPs should hold the deposed person in confinement if their freedom would reignite the conflict.

Self-Defense and the Defense of Others

Criminal charges are not to be applied to those who use force on others when defending themselves from illegal use of force, so long as they defend themselves with proportional force. This right extends to the defense of others, should there be a reason to believe they are in lethal danger. This provision does not apply to lawful killings such as executions.

Release in the event of a catastrophe

In the event of a Delta Alert any prisoners may be released if the MPs believe that they will not be a threat to the crew. Prisoners that are not released should be escorted to the escape pods. A normal Red Alert is not sufficient reason for a release unless the ship is being overrun by a large hostile force.


Commanding Officer Provisions

Arrest Immunity

The Commanding Officer is not above Marine Law. However, they may not be arrested without the explicit permission of High Command. Should the Commanding Officer break Marine Law, High Command may be contacted via fax for permission to arrest the Commanding Officer. The right to contact High Command may not be denied.

Execution Privileges

The Commanding Officer may perform Battlefield Executions. This means they may personally execute anyone under their authority on the ship or Area of Operations without warning or procedure, provided their words or actions fulfill one of the following conditions:

  • Threat to your command. Credibly attempting to or threatening to undermine your command or attempting to remove your command through illegal means. (The CL or other crew reporting you to high command does NOT permit you to BE them. A minor insult or disagreement is not undermining your command, countermanding or refusing to follow orders is.)
  • Threat to persons. Credibly threatening and attempting to do harm to the CO or to someone while in the CO's presence.
  • Threat to the ship. Credibly threatening or attempting to do damage to the ship or the USCM while in the CO’s presence.

Upon completion of a battlefield execution an announcement must be made within reasonable time by the CO or a member of the crew explaining why the person was executed and noting their name and position. The CO may not Battlefield Execute a person in custody of the MPs (securely restrained or brigged) unless performing a normal execution is not possible (such as during a Delta Alert).

Additionally, the Commanding Officer may request permission to execute prisoners in ways different to Firing Squad or Lethal Injection to High Command, or authorise nonstandard methods of execution in emergencies where normal procedure is impossible.

Pardons

The Commanding Officer may exceptionally pardon criminals if they believe it is in the best interests of the operation. Only Minor and Major crimes may be pardoned. Capital offenders may not be pardoned except in special circumstances with the permission of High Command. The Chief MP or and MP in their absence may appeal pardons to High Command via fax. The Commanding Officer may be held responsible for further criminal actions committed by those they pardon, and should High Command reverse the decision, they must ensure the condemned return to serve their time without incident. Failure to do so may result in removal and arrest at the discretion of High Command.

Brig timers

The Commanding Officer may alter brig timers beyond the parameters specified in Marine Law and may reduce or increase a sentence. When doing this, they must provide the prisoner and MP with the reason, and if the timer is increased beyond the maximum punishment, the prisoner has the right to appeal to High Command.

General Article NJPs

The Commanding Officer may issue NJPs at any time should they find a marine’s behaviour inappropriate or contrary to good order and conduct and deserving of punishment even if they have not committed a crime as specified in Marine Law, such as for comporting themselves in an unprofessional manner, failing to complete a job in satisfactory conditions or failing to uphold standards of good order.

Deputizing

The Commanding Officer may deputize Staff Officers to make arrests and enforce Marine Law should MPs be unavailable or unable to respond in a timely manner.