Military Criminal Defense Lawyers Serving Active-Duty Personnel at Shaw Air Force Base near Sumter, SC.
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 Shaw AFB and have been charged with a crime or are facing disciplinary action by the Air Force, 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 Air Force in military criminal matters. We have experience representing servicemen, servicewomen, and officers stationed at Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina 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 Shaw AFB 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 Shaw Air Force Base
Home of the 20th Fighter Wing, Shaw AFB is located near Sumter, South Carolina. The main base encompasses over 3,000 acres in Sumter Count and is located off of SC 378/76, approximately 30 miles east of Columbia, South Carolina. Shaw Air Force Base supports a population of approximately 20,000 active duty, dependent, and civilian personnel.
Facilities within the boundaries of Shaw AFB include shopping, lodging, dining and entertainment, including bowling alleys. Shaw AFB also has outdoor recreational areas – including access to Wateree Recreation Area (WRA), a military recreation site offering boating and camping opportunities- located approximately 35 miles away on Lake Wateree. However, the majority of Shaw Air Force base is devoted to supporting mission objectives, including supporting and managing 3 runways and approximately 80 F-16 Viper fighter aircraft.
Shaw AFB supports the 20th Fighter Squadron Wing, the largest combat F-16 fighting wing, in its mission to provide combat ready air support, anywhere, anytime. Shaw AFB is responsible for three separate military facilities, the main base, the Wateree Recreation Area and the Poinsett Electronic Combat Range (PECR), located approximately 10 miles south of the main base. Comprised of bombing and shooting areas regulated by a control tower, electronic warfare capabilities, the PECR is under the authority of the 20th Civil Engineering Squadron. The PECR’s 12,500 acres are also used for navigation, survival, evasion, resistance, and escape training by various DoD agencies.
The units and tenants stationed at Shaw Air Force Base include:
- Headquarters 9th Air Force
- 20th Operations Group
- U.S. Army Central (ARCENT)/U.S. 3rd Army
- 20th Fighter Wing
- 337th Recruiting Squadron (337th RCS)
- 609th Air Support Squadron
- U.S. Air Force Central (AFCENT)
- 55th Fighter Squadron
- 77th Fighter Squadron
- 79th Fighter Squadron
- Various other units and tenant organizations
What to Do After an Arrest at Shaw Air Force Base
If you have been arrested on suspicion of DUI, possession of a controlled substance, sexual assault, theft, or any other crime at Shaw AFB, 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 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.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
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.