Military Criminal Defense Lawyers Serving Active-Duty Personnel at Fort Polk in Leesville, LouisianaLed 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 Polk 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 Polk in Leesville, Louisiana, 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 Polk 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 Polk
Established in 1941, Fort Polk is best known as the home of the Joint Readiness Training Center (JRTC). Fort Polk is located in west-central Louisiana, roughly 8 miles from the town of Leesville. Encompassing nearly 200,000 acres in Vernon Parish, Fort Polk is located off of U.S. Highway 171 and Highway 28. Fort Polk supports a population of nearly 30,000 active duty, dependent, and civilian personnel; an additional 40,000 retirees live in the surrounding area.
Facilities within the boundaries of Fort Polk include shopping, lodging, dining and entertainment, including bowling alley, mini-golf and Go-kart center, fitness/aquatics centers and a golf course. Fort Polk also has outdoor recreational areas, including Alligator Lake Recreation Site offering fishing, camping and nature trails. Toledo Bend Recreation Site is a military only Recreation Area located approximately 45 miles away in Florien, LA, offering cabin rentals, swimming access, fishing/water sports and trails for hiking, biking and ATVs. Fort Polk also has a recreational shooting range. However, the majority of the installation is dedicated to mission support and training.
As home of the JRTC Fort Polk is one of 3 Army combat training centers. The JRTC is dedicated to providing highly realistic training, allowing complete integration of Air Force and other military services into training scenarios. JRTC exercises are developed to replicated many unique situations a deployed unit may face, including insurgents and terrorists. The 509th Infantry Regiment (1-509th IR) is tasked with serving as the opposing force (OPFOR) for these trainings. Fort Polk is also home to the 32nd Hospital Center (formerly 115th Support Combat Hospital) a deployable medical unit that provides specialty medical care, including radiology surgical suites and a full lab and blood bank, to the battlefield.
The units and tenants stationed at Fort Polk include:
- JRTC Operations Group
- 3rd Battalion, 353rd Training Regiment
- 1st Battalion (Airborne), 509th Infantry Regiment
- 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division
- 32nd Hospital Center
- 115th Field Hospital
- 190th Medical Detachment (Intermediate Care Ward Agument)
- 286th Medical Detachment (Surgical Augment)
- 433rd Medical Detachment (Medical Augment)
- 485th Medcial Detachment
- Bayne-Jones Army Community Hospital
- 46th Engineer Battalion
- 519th Military Police Battalion
- 1st Battalion, 5th Aviation Regiment
- Detachment 2, 18th Weather Squadron
- Various other units and tenant organizations
What to Do After an Arrest at Fort PolkIf you have been arrested on suspicion of DUI, possession of a controlled substance, sexual assault, theft, or any other crime at Fort Polk 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