Defense Service Office West (DSO West)

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Mission

We provide the highest quality legal representation to military service members as efficiently as possible, consistent with our ethical obligation to represent our clients zealously. We represent service members at Administrative Separation Boards, Boards of Inquiry and Courts-Martial, in addition to providing advice to service members on defense-related topics such as nonjudicial punishment.

How to Reach a Defense Attorney about Disciplinary or Administrative Issues

What to do depends on where you are. If you are in the San Diego or Bremerton areas, you should visit our offices. Our office contact information is below.

Bremerton vicinity

If you are stationed onboard Naval Station Everett or Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, call us at 360-476-2157 or email us at defensebremerton@navy.mil for information on defense services. You may also visit our remote service locations within the base Region Legal Service Office (Building 2000 on NAVSTA Everett or Building 243 on NAS Whidbey Island).

Other Areas

If you are located outside of San Diego and the Bremerton areas, please complete the Request for Services and also provide a front and back copy of your military identification card. If you are a reservist on active duty you will be required to submit a copy of your active duty orders prior to receiving services.

Scan and email them to DSOWestAdvice@navy.mil. If you do not have access to a scanner, or fax machine contact us and we will assist you. Once we receive your Request for Services form, we will set up a remote consultation with you.

Note:  You should receive an email confirmation from our office stating that we have received your documents.

Remember, if you feel you may need legal defense advice, do not to discuss your case with anyone – including NCIS or other investigators – prior to consulting with a defense attorney.

Counsel Requests: Commands seeking Defense services for an administrative board, please send your requests to DSOWestCounselRequest@navy.mil along with notification paperwork and other documentation.  For more information on how to request for counsel for an administrative board or board of inquiry please review the DSO West Instruction 5800.1P. To Request counsel use the format in Enclosure 3.

Legal Services Provided

Please review the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) to learn more about what assistance we can provide, and then review your specific issue listed in the topics below. Click on the topic for more information.

If you need assistance with any of these issues, visit our offices, or, if you are not in the San Diego or Bremerton areas, email us at DSOWestAdvice@navy.mil or fax them to (619)556-8955 and submit a Request for Services form. If you have any questions, contact us by phone.

Please see our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) for more information about defense services.

Walk-in and Remote-Services Procedure

Servicemembers are encouraged to contact us during advice service hours. Advice service hours are from 0800-1100 and 1300-1600, Monday through Thursday and 1200-1500 on Friday at our San Diego office.  Bremerton Detachment hours are from 0800 - 1100 Monday through Thursday.

All servicemembers that walk-in, phone in, or e-mail the Request for Services form during this period will talk with a lawyer. Servicemembers will have the opportunity to consult with an attorney regarding all disciplinary and administrative legal matters, including NJP and NJP appeal advice, summary court-martial advice, Article 138 and 1150 complaints, investigations, administrative separation processing, hardship discharges and suspect's rights. Although a defense counsel will provide advice, the attorney and servicemember will not form an attorney-client relationship, but all communications do remain completely confidential.

If you are coming to see an attorney on a walk-in basis, be sure to bring any documents given to you related to the reason you are seeking advice. Simply come to our office during advice service hours and complete a Request for Services form. Every effort will be made for you to speak with an attorney as quickly as possible.

DSO West HQ

Mailing Address:
3395 Sturtevant St, Suite 2
San Diego, California 92136
Phone Number:
Comm: 619-556-7539
DSN: 526-7539
FAX: 619-556-8955
Command Duty Officer (CDO) Phone number: 619-318-1115
E-mail: DSOWestAdvice@navy.mil

Branch Offices & Detachments

HQ San Diego, California
Mailing Address:
3395 Sturtevant St, Suite 2
San Diego, California 92136
Phone Number:
Comm: (619) 556-7539
DSN: 526-7539
FAX: 619-556-8955
Command Duty Officer (CDO) Phone number: 619-318-1115
E-mail: DSOWestAdvice@navy.mil
Advice Service Hours:
0800 – 1100 and 1300 – 16000
Monday – Thursday
1200 – 1500 Friday
Directions:
We are located in Building 56 on the west side of Naval Base San Diego between Afloat Training Group (ATG) and Shore Personnel Support Detachment (PSD).
Defense Service Office West Branch Office Lemoore
Mailing Address:
730 Enterprise Blvd Wing Three
Lemoore, CA 93246-5015
Phone Number:
Comm: (559) 998-0769
E-mail: DSOWestAdvice@navy.mil
Advice Service Hours:
0800 - 1600
Monday - Friday
Bremerton, Washington
Mailing Address:
365 S. Barclay St
BLDG 433 Code 1307
Bremerton, Washington 98314
Phone Number:
Comm: (360) 476-2157
Command Duty Officer (CDO) Phone number: (360) 271-5664
E-mail: defensebremerton@navy.mil
Advice Service Hours:
0800 – 1100
Monday – Thursday

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