Criminal and Military Defense Lawyers Representing Service Members at Fort Lewis McChord in Tacoma, WA
Located just outside of Tacoma, Fort Lewis McChord (also known as Joint Base Lewis-McChord) was created through the merger of Fort Lewis and McChord Air Force Base in 2010. The attorneys at Crisp and Associates Military Law provide experienced legal representation for members of the U.S. Army and Air Force stationed at Joint Base Lewis-McChord facing criminal charges and military discipline. Call now for a free consultation.
If you are facing criminal charges, as a member of the U.S. Army or Air Force, building a strong defense needs to be your top priority. Not only could you be facing severe criminal penalties, but you could be facing career consequences with the military as well.
At Crisp and Associates Military Law, we are sensitive to the unique issues facing officers and enlisted servicemen and women accused of criminal offenses. Founded by a former U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps (JAG) attorney, our firm focuses exclusively on representing members of the military across the United States and worldwide. With more than 75 years of combined experience, our attorneys have successfully represented numerous clients in courts-martial and non-judicial military proceedings. We offer free initial consultations to all active-duty personnel, so you can schedule an appointment without obligation today.
Our attorneys regularly represent enlisted service members and officers of the military in criminal cases involving:
- Courts martial
- Drug Crimes
- Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol or Drugs (DUI)
- Non-Judicial Military Proceedings
- Qualitative Management Program (QMP) Matters
- Theft Crimes
- Sex Crimes
- Violent Crimes
- White Collar Crimes
Your Rights After an Arrest on Joint Base Lewis McChord or in Tacoma, WA
When we sit down with you to discuss your case, we will ask lots of questions about what happened before, during, and after your arrest. This is because many of the defenses to military charges relate to violations of suspects’ and arrestees’ Constitutional rights. These rights include:
- The Right to Be Free from Unreasonable Searches and Seizures – The police cannot stop you without reasonable suspicion, and they cannot arrest you without probable cause. Any evidence obtained from an unlawful stop or arrest should be deemed inadmissible at trial.
- The Right to Remain Silent – Once you have been arrested, the police must read you your rights. This includes the right to remain silent. If you were not informed of your right to remain silent, the prosecution may not be able to use your confession or any other incriminating statements you made against you.
- The Right to Legal Representation – After an arrest, the police must also inform you of your right to legal representation; and, if you request an attorney, they cannot interrogate you without your attorney present.
However, it is important to note that different laws apply in the context of courts martial and administrative separation proceedings. For example, service members are not entitled to a military attorney at summary court martial proceedings (though submitting to a summary court martial is voluntary, and you are entitled to hire a civilian attorney at summary, special, and general courts martial). This is yet another reason why it is important to choose a lawyer who has experience in both civilian and military criminal matters.
Speak with a Criminal Defense Lawyer at Crisp and Associates Military Law
If you are facing criminal charges or military discipline at Joint Base Lewis McChord or in the Tacoma, WA area, contact Crisp and Associates Military Law to schedule your free initial consultation. Remember, we are here for you 24/7, so call (888) 811-6416 or get in touch with us online now.