Military Criminal Defense Lawyers Serving Active-Duty Personnel at Marine Corps Recruiting Depot San Diego in San Diego, CaliforniaLed 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 MCRD San Diego and have been charged with a crime or are facing disciplinary action by the Marine Corps, 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 Marine Corps in military criminal matters. We have experience representing servicemen, servicewomen, and officers stationed at MCRD San Diego in San Diego, 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 DoIf you are stationed at MCRD San Diego 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 MCRD San Diego
Established in 1941, MCRD San Diego has primarily served as a training ground since World War II. MCRD San Diego is located approximately 4 miles from downtown San Diego, California. Encompassing just over 500 acres in San Diego County, MCRD San Diego is located off of Interstate 5 and Pacific Highway. MCRD San Diego supports a population of approximately 6,500 active duty personnel (including Weapons Field Training Battalion and USCG PACAREA TACLET). An additional 1,200 civilian personnel work on base.
Facilities within the boundaries of MCRD San Diego include shopping, lodging, dining and entertainment, including a bowling alley, fitness centers and various intermural sport activities. MCRD San Diego also has outdoor recreational areas, including the MCRD Boathouse, Marina and Recreation Area. The many San Diego area military bases offer additional recreation areas, including the MCAS Miramar Memorial Golf Course, and various military beach access sites. However, the majority of the installation is dedicated to mission support and training.
As the West Coast home of recruit basic training, MCRD San Diego trains more than 20,000 recruits each yeah. MCRD San Diego is responsible for all recruit basic training for enlisted male recruits living West of the Mississippi River. Marine Corps basic training is a 13-week course. After the 4th week of basic training, recruits travel to nearby Camp Pendleton where the Weapons and Field Training Battalion conducts the 3-week Weapons and Field Training portion of recruit training. Additionally, MCRD San Diego is home to Recruiter School, a roughly 7-week course which trains all Marine Corps recruiters and Drill Instructor School, an 11-week course which trains Drill Instructors for the Western Recruiting Region.
The units and tenants stationed at MCRD San Diego include:
- Recruit Training Regiment
- 1st Recruit Training Battalion
- 2nd Recruit Training Battalion
- 3rd Recruit Training Battalion
- Support Battalion, Recruit Training Regiment
- Drill Instructor School (West)
- Weapons and Field Training Battalion
- Recruiter’s School
- MCRD Command Museum
- Pacific Area Tactical Law Enforcement Team (PACTACLET), USCG
- Maritime Safety and Security Team (MSST) 91109, USCG
- Various other units and tenant organizations
What to Do After an Arrest at MCRD San DiegoIf you have been arrested on suspicion of DUI, possession of a controlled substance, sexual assault, theft, or any other crime at MCRD San Diego 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. 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 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