Defense Attorneys Serving Military Personnel Stationed at Fort Carson and Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs, CO
With over 30 years of combined legal experience and backgrounds as U.S. Army and Air Force JAG prosecutors and Defense Counsel, the military criminal defense lawyers at Crisp and Associates Military Law offer unparalleled legal representation to military personnel facing criminal charges. If you are stationed at Fort Carson or Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs, CO and need to speak with an attorney, contact us 24/7 to arrange your complimentary initial consultation.
At Crisp and Associates Military Law we understand what it means for military officers and enlisted personnel to face criminal charges. It is because of this understanding that we have committed ourselves to helping servicemen and women fight for justice, and it is why our attorneys devote their personal and unwavering attention to helping each of our clients avoid the consequences of a criminal conviction. We are proud to serve members of the military stationed at Fort Carson and Peterson Air Force Base (AFB), and we welcome you to contact us for a free consultation.
Cases We Handle
At Crisp and Associates Military Law we focus our practice exclusively in the area of military criminal defense. Our attorneys have particular experience in the following areas:
Military Criminal and Separation Proceedings
Depending upon the circumstances at hand, you could be facing military discipline either in lieu of or in addition to a civilian trial. With legal backgrounds in both civilian and military matters, our attorneys have the extensive experience required to successfully represent service men and women in both judicial and non-judicial military proceedings. This includes representing you in:
- A Summary Court Martial – In certain circumstances (for minor offenses), you may be eligible to request a summary court martial. If you have been accused of an offense for which a summary court martial is an option, our attorneys can advise you on the best approach for protecting your legal rights. Note that you do not have the option of being represented by an appointed military attorney at summary court martial proceedings.
- A Special Court Martial – In a special court martial, you present your case to a military judge and a panel of at least three officers. Potential penalties in special courts martial include forfeiture of wages, confinement, and dishonorable discharge.
- A General Court Martial – General courts martial are reserved for serious offenses, typically including offenses that could be charged as felonies in state or federal court. The types of penalties in general courts martial are the same as those in special courts martial (although severe crimes can also lead to the death penalty); however, the level of punishment imposed can be much more severe.
- An Administrative Separation Hearing – An administrative separation results in termination of a service member’s status in the military, and can result from a pattern of misconduct, commission of a serious offense, negative evaluations, or a conviction in civilian court. Administrative separation hearings involve appearing before a board of officers who weigh the evidence in order to determine whether you should be allowed to remain a member of the U.S. military.
Our attorneys also regularly assist military clients with non-judicial procedures, Qualitative Management Program (QMP) appeals, record changes/discharge upgrades, security clearance matters, and other military-specific issues as well.
Our Team of Criminal and Military Defense Lawyers
Founded by a former U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps (JAG) lawyer, Crisp and Associates Military Law is a team of experienced attorneys who have dedicated themselves to criminal and military defense. Together, our attorneys have over 30 years of combined legal experience, and they rely on broad military and law enforcement backgrounds to develop effective strategies for defending their clients’ freedom and protecting their ability to serve in the military.
- Jonathan W. Crisp – Mr. Crisp served on active duty as a U.S. Army JAG lawyer for almost seven years before leaving the military to enter civilian practice. He gained extensive experience while in the Army, including defending soldiers accused of abuse at Abu Ghraib. He has taken more than 70 jury trials to verdict, and he led his office to its first Army Chief of Staff Award for Excellence in Legal Assistance in its 30-year history.
- Davis Younts – Serving as Of Counsel to Crisp and Associates Military Law, Mr. Younts is an experienced criminal defense attorney who was a prosecutor assigned to the Air Force Academy while on Active Duty. Previous to joining the firm, he spent 10 years as an Air Force JAG, a military prosecutor, and as the number one rated Senior Defense Counsel and former Chief of the Military Justice Division at the Air Force JAG School. He has litigated more than 50 jury trials and represented enlisted personnel and officers in hundreds of courts martial and other military disciplinary proceedings.
- Bryan DePowell – Mr. DePowell is in his second career as a defense attorney, having previously served in law enforcement. While handling all types of criminal cases, he focuses his practice primarily in the areas of DUI, drug crime, and military defense. Mr. DePowell has obtained numerous certifications, including certifications in DUI detection and forensic sobriety assessment.
- Christopher Nuneviller – Serving as Of Counsel to Crisp and Associates Military Law and having served as a JAG lawyer at various ranks in the U.S. Navy and the U.S. Army, Mr. Nuneviller is an experienced trial attorney who is known for his zealous and aggressive legal representation. He has received numerous military decorations and public service awards.
- Donald Gordon – Serving as Of Counsel to Crisp and Associates Military Law, Mr. Gordon focuses his practice specifically in the area of military justice. He has extensive experience representing clients in federal and military courts and is a member of the Air National Guard.
Q&A with Criminal Defense Lawyer Jonathan W. Crisp
Q: I was just arrested for a crime in Colorado Springs, CO. What should I do now?
If you were just arrested for a crime, there are two things you need to do immediately. First, you need to exercise your right to remain silent. You do not have to answer any questions once you are arrested, and anything you say will only be used against you. Second, you need to exercise your right to legal representation. Our attorneys are available 24/7, and we can deal with the police or the military on your behalf.
Q: How is my situation different since I am in the military?
If you are on active duty at Fort Carson or Peterson Air Force Base, a civilian criminal arrest could have severe consequences for your status in the military. You could be facing a court-martial; or, if you get convicted in civilian court, you could be forced to defend yourself in an administrative separation hearing.
Q: I know I’m guilty. How will you defend me?
Never assume you are guilty. The Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ) is extremely complex, and even if you think you committed a criminal act there is still a good chance that you have not done enough to be convicted of the alleged offense. But, even if you did commit a crime: (i) you may be able to negotiate for a lesser charge or lesser sentence; and, (ii) the arresting officer may have made mistakes that entitle you to have key evidence suppressed at trial. Without evidence, the prosecutor can’t convict you.
Q: When should I hire a criminal defense lawyer?
If you are asking this question, it is probably time for you to speak with a lawyer. The sooner you obtain legal representation, the sooner your attorney can intervene in the case and implement a defense strategy designed to help you avoid getting charged or convicted at trial.
Q: Do you handle military cases at Fort Carson and Peterson Air Force Base?
Yes. Our attorneys represent soldiers at Fort Carson, Peterson Air Force Base, and at other military installations around the globe.
Crisp & Associates, LLC | Defense Lawyers for Enlisted Personnel and Officers Stationed at Fort Carson and Peterson AFB
To speak with an experienced defense attorney in confidence, contact Crisp and Associates Military Law. Your initial consultation is complimentary, and one of our attorneys will be happy to arrange an appointment at a time that is convenient for you. If this is an emergency, call us at (888) 811-6416 now. Otherwise, feel free to call or send us a message online so that we can get started on your case today.