Military Criminal Defense Lawyers Serving Active-Duty Personnel at Fort Bragg in Fayetteville, NC
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 Fort Bragg 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.
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 Bragg in Fayetteville, NC 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.
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
- Davis Younts, Former Military Prosecutor and Number-One Rated Senior Defense Counsel in the Air Force
- Bryan DePowell, Criminal Defense Attorney and Former Police Officer
- Christopher Nuneviller, Of Counsel
- Donald Gordon, Of Counsel
What We Do
If you are stationed at Fort Bragg and are under investigation or facing charges, we are here to help you. With more than 30 years of combined legal experience, our attorneys have represented numerous servicemen and servicewomen stationed worldwide in cases involving:
The Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ) imposes steep penalties for a wide range of drug crimes, and military prosecutors often have mandates to vigorously pursue charges against enlisted service members and officers accused of drug-related offenses. Our attorneys regularly handle cases involving charges of:
- Drug Manufacturing
- Drug Possession
- Drug Distribution
- Illegal Import or Export of Controlled Substances
- Other Violations of UCMJ Article 112(a)
Driving Under the Influence (DUI)
A drunk driving charge is many service members’ first introduction to the criminal justice system. With a first-time DUI offense carrying the potential for loss of driving privileges, financial penalties, and other penalties that could impact your status with the military, you need to take your drunk driving case extremely seriously. The good news is that there are numerous potential defenses to DUI charges, and our attorneys will build a case strategy designed to minimize the consequences of your DUI arrest.
Sexual Assault and Violent Crimes
With sexual assault cases making headlines in recent years, Commanders in the military are under heavy pressure from the White House, the Pentagon, and the Capitol to pursue any and all allegations of sex-related crimes involving service men and women. Enlisted service members and officers can face extreme discipline for violent crimes as well, even without a formal conviction As a result, if you have been accused of sexual assault or a violent offense, you need a legal team that can level the battlefield and communicate effectively with military prosecutors in order to protect your status in the military and your freedom to the greatest extent possible. At Crisp and Associates Military Law, we represent military service members facing charges including:
- Abuse of a Detainee
- Sexual Assault
- Shaken Baby Syndrome
Regardless of the charges you are facing under the UCMJ, you need to take your situation extremely seriously, and our attorneys have the experience and commitment you need to mount a strong defense. When you contact us, we will quickly assess your situation so that we can immediately begin building a defense strategy designed to protect you as much as possible.
As an active-duty service member, a court martial will have a serious effect on your career. At Crisp and Associates Military Law, our attorneys provide vigorous and strategic representation for service members facing all types of charges under the UCMJ in courts-martial, and we rely on our extensive military background to develop comprehensive and focused defense strategies for our clients. We are intimately familiar with the unique legal and procedural issues involved in court-martial proceedings, and we know what a conviction could mean for you and your family. Whether you are facing confinement, lifetime registration as a sexual offender or sexual predator, a dishonorable discharge, or any of the numerous other penalties available under the UCMJ, you can trust us to fight for you with the same commitment you have shown to our country..
Non-Judicial Punishment (UCMJ Article 15)
Under Article 15 of the UCMJ, Commanders have the authority to render discipline without convening a court-martial. However, it is critical to understand that the fact you are not being summoned to a court-martial does not necessarily mean that less is at stake in your case. Punishment under Article 15 can include financial penalties, demotion in rank, and perhaps ultimately, even discharge. In fact, due in large part to the military’s current emphasis of “zero tolerance” policies, service men and women found guilty in non-judicial proceedings will often face immediate discharge through involuntary administrative separation or other means, including QMP, RCP, and higher tenure.
While Article 15 proceedings are non-judicial (meaning that they do not involve a court-martial), (i) you are entitled to consult with an attorney and possibly have him represent you at the proceeding, and (ii) you have the option to demand a court-martial trial. At Crisp and Associates Military Law, we can help you make informed decisions about protecting your legal rights and securing your future in the armed services.
Qualitative Management Program (QMP) Appeals
Established under Army Directive 2014-06, the Qualitative Management Program (QMP) is intended to identify noncommissioned officers (NCOs) whose performance, conduct, or potential for advancement does not meet the Army’s established standards. There are a number of potential reasons why an NCO may be selected for the QMP, including:
- Negative information in an AHMRR (Army Military Human Resource Record) or OMPF (Official Military Personnel File), such as a General Officer Memorandum of Reprimand (GOMOR or GOMAR), court-martial conviction, Article 15 non-judicial punishment, negative or referred NCO Evaluation Report (NCOER), or failure on a Service School Academic Evaluation Report.
- Approval of a QMP selection request from the NCO’s Commander or a referral from the Human Resources Command Commander or his designee.
- Non-qualification for grade promotion due to failure to complete necessary NCOES training.
While NCOs do not have the opportunity to make a personal appearance before the QMP selection board, they are entitled to submit matters in mitigation, and they are entitled to legal representation. If you have been selected for the QMP, our attorneys can represent you throughout the QMP process.
Records Correction/Discharge Upgrade
In addition to representing active-duty members, our attorneys also represent former service men and women who may have been discharged unfairly or incorrectly. Seeking to correct your military records is a confusing and time-consuming process, with a limited number of opportunities to get it right. As a result, it is strongly in your best interests to seek experienced legal representation, and at Crisp and Associates Military Law we are well-versed in all of the unique complexities and requirements that you need to understand in order to upgrade your discharge status.
We have obtained several favorable results, including:
- Upgrading a client’s discharge from a General under honorable conditions characterization to an Honorable characterization after uncovering a substantial error of fact by his chain of command.
- Helping a client obtain his Bronze Star with a “V” that he earned for his service in a combat zone.
Denial of Security Clearance
If you have received an initial Statement of Reasons (SOR) denying your request for a security clearance, it is not time to give up your fight. There are a number of factors that go into security clearance determinations, and at Crisp and Associates Military Law we regularly help clients challenge improper denials and advise them on ways to address any “unfavorable events” in their personal histories. Just like judicial and non-judicial military disciplinary proceedings, security clearance applications are subject to a unique set of adjudicative guidelines, and overcoming a security clearance denial requires the ability to provide the proper type of evidence within the guideline requirements.
Choosing the Right Legal Representation for Your Military Case
As a member of the United States’ armed forces, it is critical that you choose a defense attorney who not only knows how to effectively negotiate with the Government and defend clients in court, but who is also intimately familiar with the military judicial and disciplinary processes. The outcome of your case could have drastic consequences for your military career, and you need to pursue a defense strategy that accords due weight to the unique considerations involved in facing criminal charges as an active-duty serviceman, servicewoman, or U.S. Army officer.
In short, your choice of legal representation matters. Here are seven reasons to choose the Military criminal defense attorneys at Crisp and Associates Military Law:
1. Our Unique Focus
Unlike other law firms, at Crisp and Associates Military Law we focus our practice predominantly on representing active-duty servicemen and women who have been charged with criminal offenses under the UCMJ. As a result of this narrow focus, we are intimately familiar with the laws and procedures involved in defending members of the military in courts-martial, Article 15 non-judicial matters, and other military disciplinary proceedings. We choose to focus our practice in this way in order to provide the best possible legal representation to our clients.
2. Our Unique Experience
Our attorneys come from backgrounds in both the military and law enforcement, and they rely on these experiences to provide unique insights for defending clients in all judicial and non-judicial military criminal proceedings. We also have special training and certifications in the areas of:
- DUI Detection and Standardized Field Sobriety Tests (FSTs)
- Drug Recognition
- Forensic Sobriety Assessment
- Pharmacology of Marijuana and Other Controlled Substances
When investigating military crimes, we use the same techniques as the Army CID. As a former U.S. Army JAG lawyer, firm founder Jonathan Crisp also relies on his extensive military background to develop defense strategies that are specifically focused on the military consequences of our clients’ criminal allegations.
3. Our Results
As a result of our focus and experience, we have established a long track record of securing favorable outcomes for our clients. Here is what some of our clients had to say about their experiences working with Crisp and Associates Military Law:
“With his distinguished military service, [Jonathan Crisp] has a background of the highest moral character. His intellect and strong work ethic are clearly demonstrated in his ability [and he] took on an onerous case and prevailed, which is self-evident in my verdict. He comes with the highest recommendation and with my unwavering gratitude. . . . Thank you so very much!”
“Today I sat with my family holding hands waiting for my 21-year-old son’s future to be read to us by a jury. Attempted homicide: NOT GUILTY. Aggravated assault with deadly force: NOT GUILTY! Jonathan Crisp saved by son’s future today. . . . His aggression and quick thinking in the courtroom will probably be talked about for a very long time. . . . After 10 long months [he] restored our family!”
“Attorney DePowell is extremely concerned for his clients. . . .He is always willing to go the extra mile and does not back away from a challenge. His professionalism and knowledge of the law allows him to exceed expectations, while maintaining communication on a personal level. . . . Communication with his clients is excellent and he is always willing to answer questions. Bryan [focuses on] the best interests of his clients both presently and in the future.”
4. Our Reputation
At Crisp and Associates Military Law, our attorneys have earned strong reputations for conducting thorough investigations and fighting aggressively to protect service members’ interests in court. While reputation alone will not determine the outcome of your case, it says a lot that our attorneys have earned the respect of prosecutors and judges in the legal profession.
5. Our Client-First Approach
Facing military criminal charges is a stressful process. We understand that you have questions, and we expect you to want regular updates on the status of your case. At Crisp and Associates Military Law, all of our attorneys take a client-first approach to legal representation. We will take the time to make sure you understand your situation, and we will regularly seek your input while keeping you up-to-date every step of the way.
6. Our Free Initial Consultations
Your initial consultation at Crisp and Associates Military Law is 100 percent free and completely confidential. It is important that you feel confident in your attorney, and we believe that your choice of legal representation should not be influenced by the fact that you have already invested in an initial consultation. During your free initial consultation at Crisp and Associates Military Law, one of our attorneys will:
- Make sure you understand the charges against you;
- Answer your questions;
- Provide an initial assessment of the potential consequences of a conviction;
- Provide an initial assessment of the defenses you may have available; and,
- Discuss next steps if you choose to work with Crisp and Associates Military Law
7. Our 24/7 Accessibility
When you need help, you need help. You do not have time to wait for your attorney’s offices to open at 9:00am. We understand this, and at Crisp and Associates Military Law we make ourselves available to new and existing clients 24/7. Whether you need to schedule an initial consultation following an arrest at Fort Bragg, or you have an urgent need to speak with your attorney about your case, you can feel comfortable contacting us whenever you need to do so.
What to Do After an Arrest at Fort Bragg
If you have been arrested on suspicion of DUI, possession of a controlled substance, sexual assault, theft, or any other crime at Fort Bragg, there are a number of steps you need to take immediately. Following an arrest, you should:
- Exercise Your 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.
About Fort Bragg
Originally named Camp Bragg, Fort Bragg is the largest U.S. military installation in the world. With more than 50,000 active-duty service members stationed on the base in central North Carolina. Encompassing approximately 500 square miles in portions of Cumberland, Harnett, Hoke, and Moore Counties, Fort Bragg is northwest of Fayetteville, NC – just a short drive up the All American Expressway.
Facilities within the boundaries of Fort Bragg include lodging, dining and entertainment, sports and fitness, educational, and recreation areas. However, the majority of Fort Bragg is devoted to military training, with 146,000 of the installation’s 163,000 acres designated as training lands.
The units and tenants stationed at Fort Bragg include:
- 82nd Airborne Division
- 108th Air Defense Artillery Brigade
- Advanced Airborne School
- Fort Bragg Combatives School
- Joint Interoperability Division
- NCO Academy
- Womack Army Medical Center
- XVIII Airborne Corps
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.