Criminal and Military Defense Lawyers Representing Service Members at Fort Lewis McChord in Tacoma, WA

Located just outside of Tacoma, Fort Lewis McChord (also known as Joint Base Lewis-McChord) was created through the merger of Fort Lewis and McChord Air Force Base in 2010. The attorneys at Crisp and Associates Military Law provide experienced legal representation for members of the U.S. Army and Air Force stationed at Joint Base Lewis-McChord facing criminal charges and military discipline. Call now for a free consultation.

If you are facing criminal charges, as a member of the U.S. Army or Air Force, building a strong defense needs to be your top priority. Not only could you be facing severe criminal penalties, but you could be facing career consequences with the military as well.

At Crisp and Associates Military Law, we are sensitive to the unique issues facing officers and enlisted servicemen and women accused of criminal offenses. Founded by a former U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps (JAG) attorney, our firm focuses exclusively on representing members of the military across the United States and worldwide. With more than 30 years of combined experience, our attorneys have successfully represented numerous clients in courts-martial and non-judicial military proceedings. We offer free initial consultations to all active-duty personnel, so you can schedule an appointment without obligation today.

Our attorneys regularly represent enlisted service members and officers of the military in criminal cases involving:

We are available to assist with records corrections/discharge upgrades and security clearances as well.

Ten Reasons to Choose Crisp and Associates Military Law

When your freedom, your status in the military, and your future are all on the line, your choice of legal representation matters. Here are ten reasons to choose the criminal defense lawyers at Crisp and Associates Military Law:

1. We Focus on Representing Members of the Military.

At Crisp and Associates Military Law we focus our practice on representing members of the military, including officers and enlisted personnel stationed at Joint Base Lewis McChord in Tacoma, WA. Facing criminal charges as a member of the military is unlike facing charges as a civilian, and you need a legal team that understands the unique implications of guilty pleas and verdicts for servicemen and women.

2. Our Firm’s Founder is a Former U.S. Army JAG Lawyer.

Our firm is led by criminal defense attorney Jonathan W. Crisp. Prior to founding Crisp and Associates Military Law, Mr. Crisp served on active duty for approximately seven years with U.S. Army JAG. He first served as a Legal Assistance Attorney before advancing to Chief of Legal Assistance and Senior Defense Counsel, during which time he represented soldiers while also training and mentoring other military attorneys.

As a U.S. Army JAG lawyer, Mr. Crisp handled several high-profile cases, including one of the cases involving allegations of abuse against detainees at Abu Ghraib.

3. Our Legal Team Includes a Former Police Officer and Former Public Defenders.

Along with Mr. Crisp, our defense team includes Bryan DePowell, a former police officer, and former Air Force JAG Military Prosecutor and number one Senior Defense Counsel in the Air Force, Davis Younts. The experience our attorneys gained in these prior roles allows them to provide insightful and strategic defense representation focused on having our clients’ charges dropped or reduced as quickly as possible.

4. We Negotiate for Favorable Results Whenever Possible.

In many cases, securing a favorable result means negotiating with the prosecutors. If you engage us quickly, our attorneys will be able to make contact with the Chain of Command and let them know that you have retained legal counsel – perhaps even before you have been formally charged. If at all possible, we want to end your case before trial so that the most-severe penalties stay off of the table.

5. We Are Not Afraid to Take Cases to Trial.

That said, if negotiating a satisfactory plea is not an option, our attorneys will be fully prepared to aggressively protect your rights at trial. Founding attorney Jonathan Crisp has personally taken more than 70 jury trials to verdict, and each attorney in our firm is a skilled litigator who will not shy away from civilian or military court.

6. We Tailor Our Representation to Your Personal Circumstances.

Even when they involve similar charges, no two cases are alike, and as a result no two defense strategies should be identical. At Crisp and Associates Military Law we will work closely with you to develop a defense strategy that is custom-tailored to your alleged offense, the facts surrounding your arrest, your position and rank, and any other relevant personal circumstances.

7. Our Attorneys Are Criminal Defense Lawyers, Not General Practitioners.

Unlike other firms, none of our attorneys are general practitioners. All of our lawyers devote their practices to criminal defense representation, with particular emphasis on military criminal defense. As a result, when you choose our firm, you can be certain that you will be represented by an experienced criminal defense attorney.

8. Our Clients Recommend Us Highly.

When choosing a lawyer, one of the best ways to make your decision is to rely on the advice of the lawyer’s former clients. Here is what just a few of our clients have had to say about their experiences with the attorneys at Crisp and Associates Military Law:

“Not only is [Jonathan Crisp] an amazingly skilled attorney, he became a good friend; expressing concern for my well-being on numerous occasions. I could not have asked for a better person to represent me in what was the most difficult time of my life. . . . I can honestly say without bias he fought tooth and nail on my behalf.”

“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. Jonathan Crisp saved my son’s future [and] I am still trying to grasp that I will be reunited with my son. . . . After 10 long months [he] restored our family.”

“Attorney DePowell is extremely concerned for his clients [and] is always willing to go the extra mile. His professionalism and knowledge of the law allow[ed] him to exceed expectations, while maintaining communication on a personal level.”

9. We Are Available to You 24/7.

Our attorneys make themselves available to new and existing clients 24/7. You can contact us from Joint Base Lewis McChord in Tacoma, WA any time, day or night, and if we do not answer immediately we will get back to you as soon as possible.

10. We Want You to Get to Know Us Before You Pay for Legal Representation.

At Crisp and Associates Military Law, we believe in helping our clients make informed decisions, and that starts with their choice of legal representation. This is why we offer free initial consultations. We want you to get to know our attorneys and choose our firm because you feel confident in our ability to represent you, not because you have already invested in a retainer.

Your Rights After an Arrest on Joint Base Lewis McChord or in Tacoma, WA

When we sit down with you to discuss your case, we will ask lots of questions about what happened before, during, and after your arrest. This is because many of the defenses to military charges relate to violations of suspects’ and arrestees’ Constitutional rights. These rights include:

  • The Right to Be Free from Unreasonable Searches and Seizures – The police cannot stop you without reasonable suspicion, and they cannot arrest you without probable cause. Any evidence obtained from an unlawful stop or arrest should be deemed inadmissible at trial.
  • The Right to Remain Silent – Once you have been arrested, the police must read you your rights. This includes the right to remain silent. If you were not informed of your right to remain silent, the prosecution may not be able to use your confession or any other incriminating statements you made against you.
  • The Right to Legal Representation – After an arrest, the police must also inform you of your right to legal representation; and, if you request an attorney, they cannot interrogate you without your attorney present.

However, it is important to note that different laws apply in the context of courts martial and administrative separation proceedings. For example, service members are not entitled to a military attorney at summary court martial proceedings (though submitting to a summary court martial is voluntary, and you are entitled to hire a civilian attorney at summary, special, and general courts martial). This is yet another reason why it is important to choose a lawyer who has experience in both civilian and military criminal matters.

Speak with a Criminal Defense Lawyer at Crisp and Associates Military Law

If you are facing criminal charges or military discipline at Joint Base Lewis McChord or in the Tacoma, WA area, contact Crisp and Associates Military Law to schedule your free initial consultation. Remember, we are here for you 24/7, so call (888) 811-6416 or get in touch with us online now.