Military Criminal Defense Lawyers Serving Active-Duty Personnel at Ellsworth Air Force Base in Box Elder, South DakotaLed by a former member of the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps (JAG), Crisp and Associates Military Law is a criminal defense law firm that represents active-duty military personnel in military criminal matters. If you are stationed at Ellsworth AFB and have been charged with a crime or are facing disciplinary action by the Air Force, we can help protect your job and your freedom. Call now for a free consultation with one of our experienced military attorneys.
While facing criminal charges is a serious matter for anyone, for members of the military, mounting a successful defense takes on heightened importance. Facing a court-martial, Article 15 non-judicial proceeding, or administrative separation hearing can lead to severe consequences, and to protect your freedom, your status in the military, and your family’s future, you need an experienced attorney on your side.
The defense attorneys at Crisp and Associates Military Law bring decades of legal experience to representing members of the Air Force in military criminal matters. We have experience representing servicemen, servicewomen, and officers stationed at Ellsworth AFB in Box Elder, South Dakota, and elsewhere around the world, and founding attorney Jonathan Crisp served in the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps (JAG) in Germany before entering private practice. We understand what is at risk, and we know how to protect your career, your freedom, and your future. To start building your defense, contact us today.
What We DoIf you are stationed at Ellsworth AFB and are under investigation or facing charges, we are here to help you. With more than 75 years of combined legal experience, our attorneys have represented numerous servicemen and servicewomen stationed worldwide in cases involving:
- Drug Crimes
- Driving Under the Influence (DUI)
- Sexual Assault and Violent Crimes
- Court-Martial Defense
- Non-judicial Punishment (UCMJ Article 15)
- Qualitative Management Program (QMP) Appeals
- Records Correction/Discharge Upgrade
- Denial of Security Clearance
About Ellsworth AFB
Established in 1942 as Rapid City Army Air Base, Ellsworth Air Force Base is the home of the 28th Bomb Wing. Ellsworth AFB is located 10 miles from Rapid City, South Dakota. Encompassing nearly 5,000 acres in Meade and Pennington Counties, Ellsworth AFB is located off of Interstate 90 and supports a population of more than 9,000 active duty, dependent, retired and civilian personnel.
Facilities within the boundaries of Ellsworth AFB include shopping, lodging, dining and entertainment, including a library, movie theater, bowling alley, fitness/aquatic center and a golf course. Ellsworth AFB also has outdoor recreational areas, including several lakes, offering boating opportunities, pavilion rentals, as well as a rod and gun club. Off-base recreation opportunities include skiing, camping, natural trails and sightseeing in the Black Hills area. Ellsworth AFB is less than 75 miles from the Black Hills National Forest, the Mount Rushmore National Memorial and Wind Cave National Park. However, the majority of the installation is dedicated to mission support and training.
Ellsworth Air Force Base is the home of the Air Force Global Strike Command’s 28th Bomb Wing and is one of only 2 B-1B Lacer bases in the world. The B-1B is a supersonic heavy bomber capable of worldwide deployment. Ellsworth AFB has a long history with bomber aircraft, historically hosting the B-17 “Flying Fortress,” the B-29 “Superfortress,” and the B-52 “Stratofortress.” The 28th Bomb Wing is also responsible for the Powder River Training Complex (PRTC), which covers some 35,000 square miles of air space, in the Dakotas, Montana and Wyoming. The Powder River Training Complex is the largest air training complex in the continental United States and is roughly the size of Indiana. PRTC allows crews and pilots to conduct critical training under conditions which mimic combat missions.
The units and tenants stationed at Ellsworth Air Force Base include:
- 28th Bomb Wing
- 28th Operations Group
- 34th Bomb Squadron – B-1B Lancer
- 37th Bomb Squadron – B-1B Lancer
- 28th Maintenance Group
- 28th Medical Group
- 28th Mission Support Group
- 432nd Wing/432nd Air Expeditionary Wing
- 432nd Operations Group
- 89th Attack Squadron (GSU, MQ-9A Reaper)
- 82nd Training Wing
- 982nd Training Group
- 372nd Training Squadron (Detachment 8, GSU)
- USAF OSI, Detachment 816
- Various other units and tenant organizations
What to Do After an Arrest at Ellsworth AFBIf you have been arrested on suspicion of DUI, possession of a controlled substance, sexual assault, theft, or any other crime at Ellsworth AFB there are a number of steps you need to take immediately. Following an arrest, you should:
- Exercise Your Article 31 Rights - The Right to Remain Silent. Once you have been arrested, you have the right to remain silent, and it is important that you do so. Air Force OSI or Military Police will likely use a number of different tactics to try to get you to admit guilt, but you do not have to (and should not) say anything that could be used against you until you speak with an attorney.
- Exercise Your Right to Legal Representation. The one thing that you should say is that you want to talk to a lawyer. You have the right to legal representation, and having an attorney present during your interrogation will help ensure that you do not say anything or make any other mistakes that could jeopardize your defense.
- Avoid Speaking with Anyone About Your Case. In addition to exercising your right to remain silent with the Air Force OSI or Military Police, you should also avoid speaking with anyone else about your case. Cellmates, friends, and even family members could become witnesses for the government, and it is imperative that you avoid giving prosecutors access – directly or indirectly – to anything that could be used against you.
Who We AreCrisp and Associates Military Law is a military criminal defense law firm that focuses exclusively on representing enlisted service members and military officers in criminal matters. Along with former Army JAG lawyer Jonathan Crisp, our team includes a veteran former police officer with specialized training in forensic science, and a former number one rated Senior Defense Counsel in the Air Force, each of whom bring unique insights to defending clients in military court, including courts martial and administrative separation proceedings.
Meet our criminal defense lawyers:
- Jonathan W. Crisp, Founder and Former U.S. Army JAG Lawyer
- Bryan DePowell, Criminal Defense Attorney and Former Police Officer
- Donald Gordon, Of Counsel
- Christopher Nuneviller, Of Counsel