Military Criminal Defense Lawyers Serving Active-Duty Personnel at Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake in Ridgecrest, California

Led 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 NAWS China Lake and have been charged with a crime or are facing disciplinary action by the Navy, 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 Navy in military criminal matters. We have experience representing servicemen, servicewomen, and officers stationed at NAWS China Lake in Ridgecrest, California, 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 Do

If you are stationed at NAWS China Lake 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:

About NAWS China Lake

Naval Air Weapons Station Chia Lake is the Navy’s largest single landholding representing 38 percent of the Navy’s land holdings worldwide. NAWS China Lake has a total population of approximately 7,800 with more than 750 of those being active-duty service members. Encompassing approximately 1.1 million acres, NAWS China Lake occupies sections of three counties – Kern, San Bernardino and Inyo in the Western Mohave Desert region of California.

Facilities within the boundaries of Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake include lodging, dining and entertainment, sports and fitness, educational, recreation areas, and a medical clinic. However, the majority of NAWS China Lake is devoted to providing and maintaining lands, facilities, and capabilities that enable research, development, acquisition, test and evaluation of cutting-edge technological systems, and training of Navy Expeditionary Combat Command personnel.

The units and tenants stationed at Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake include:

  • Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division
  • Air Test and Evaluation Squadron THREE ONE (VX-31)
  • Air Test and Evaluation Squadron NINE (VX-9)
  • Marine Aviation Detachment (MAD)
  • Explosive Ordnance Disposal Detachments
  • Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Southwest China Lake Detachment
  • Naval Construction Training Center (NCTC) Port Hueneme Detachment China Lake (Seabees)
  • Branch Health Clinic
  • Navy Munitions Command Detachment China Lake

What to Do After an Arrest at NAWS China Lake

If you have been arrested on suspicion of DUI, possession of a controlled substance, sexual assault, theft, or any other crime at NAWS China Lake 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. NCIS 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 NCIS 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 Are

Crisp 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.

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Contact Crisp and Associates Military Law for a Free Initial Consultation

If you would like more information about what our attorneys can do to help you, contact Crisp and Associates Military Law for a free initial consultation. To speak with an experienced criminal defense lawyer in confidence, call (888) 811-6416 or inquire online now.