Under the provisions of Article 31, UCMJ, an Air Force member suspected of committing a criminal offense has the right to remain silent and the right to consult with a military lawyer free of charge prior to making any statements. Any statements a member makes, oral or written, may be used as evidence against them in a trial by court-martial or in other judicial or administrative proceedings. Members have the right to consult a lawyer and to have a lawyer present while being interviewed or interrogated by authorities. In addition to military counsel, members are entitled to civilian counsel of their own choosing, at their own expense. Members may stop the questioning or request a lawyer at any time during questioning. The fact that a member exercises the right to remain silent or the right to consult with an attorney cannot be held against the member by Air Force authorities.