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Written by attorney Philip Douglas Cave

Navy duty to self report civil criminal cases

The Navy requires personnel to self-report if they have been arrested or are being prosecuted for a criminal offense - this is legal according to the Navy-Marine Corps Court of Criminal Appeals.

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5.1.6 Notification. Any person arrested or criminally charged By civil authorities shall immediately advise their immediate Commander of the fact that they were arrested or charged. The Term arrest includes an arrest or detention, and the term Charged includes the filing of criminal charges. Persons are Only required to disclose the date of arrest/criminal charges, The arresting/charging authority, and the offense for which they Were arrested/charged. No person is under a duty to disclose Any of the underlying facts concerning the basis for their Arrest or criminal charges. Disclosure of the arrest is Required to monitor and maintain the personnel readiness, Welfare, safety, and deployability of the force. Disclosure of Arrest/criminal charges is not an admission of guilt and may not Be used as such, nor is it intended to elicit an admission from The person self-reporting. No person subject to the UCMJ may Question a person self-reporting an arrest/criminal charges Regarding any aspect of the self-report, unless they first Advise the person of their rights under ucmj article 31(b).

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