Military Criminal Defense Lawyers Serving Active-Duty Personnel at Fort Hamilton in Brooklyn, New YorkLed 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 Fort Hamilton and have been charged with a crime or are facing disciplinary action by the Army, 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 Army in military criminal matters. We have experience representing servicemen, servicewomen, and officers stationed at Fort Hamilton in Brooklyn, New York, 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 Fort Hamilton 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 Fort Hamilton
Located in Brooklyn, New York Fort Hamilton is the only active duty military installation in the greater New York City Metropolitan Area. Encompassing approximately 150 acres in Kings County, Fort Hamilton is located off of Interstate 278, on the western side of Verrazano-Narrows Bridge. A second gate is available on 7th Avenue. Fort Hamilton supports a population of approximately 3,100 active duty, reserve and civilian personnel and their families.
Facilities within the boundaries of Fort Hamilton include shopping, lodging, dining and entertainment, including a movie theater, bowling alley and a fitness center. Fort Hamilton also has outdoor recreational areas, including various sports fields and Engeldrum Bluff; a common green-area overlooking Verrazano-Narrows Bridge featuring pavilions, outdoor grills, basketball courts and a playground. The Community Club additionally offers an outdoor pool. However, the majority of the installation is dedicated to mission support and training.
Fort Hamilton traces its roots back to the Revolutionary War when the land was used as a firing ground against the British fleet on July 4, 1776. The cornerstone of Fort Hamilton was placed in 1825 and construction was largely completed by 1831. Although colloquially referred to as Fort Hamilton at that time, the installation was not formally named Fort Hamilton until the 1900s. Today Fort Hamilton is a combined community with active duty Army, Navy, Marines, Coast Guard and National Guard/Reserve components which largely serves as a support facility for the National Guard and Reserves. Fort Hamilton is also home of the New York, New York MEPS. New York MEPS has been assigned to Fort Hamilton since 1969 and processes approximately 16,000 military applicants each year, making New York MEPS the second processing station in the country. Following the September 11th terror attack, and in the aftermath of the hurricane known as Superstorm Sandy , Fort Hamilton was used to coordinate emergency responses in the New York Metro area.
The units and tenants stationed at Fort Hamilton include:
- New York City Recruiting Battalion
- Military Entrance Processing Station (MEPS)
- United States Army Corps of Engineers, North Atlantic Division HQ
- 1179th Transportation Brigade
- 722nd Aeromedical Staging Squadron
- 77th Regional Readiness Command
- NY Army National Guard Task Force Empire Shield
- Various other units and tenant organizations
What to Do After an Arrest at Fort HamiltonIf you have been arrested on suspicion of DUI, possession of a controlled substance, sexual assault, theft, or any other crime at Fort Hamilton 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. Army CID 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 Army CID 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