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 2739 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.

Military Justice - Defense

Administrative Separations
Article 31b Rights
Article 32 Investigations
Attorney-Client Relationship
Confinement
Convening Authorities
Complaints of Wrongs
Non-Judicial Punishment (NJP)/Office Hours
Post-Trial Matters (Appeals, Clemency)
Right to Counsel
Types of Court-Martial
Military Justice Terms

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

Walk-in and Remote-Services Procedure

Service members are encouraged to walk into our San Diego office during walk in hours Monday through Friday, between the hours of 0800-1100. We are available via phone Monday through Friday between the hours of 0800-1100 and 1300-1600.

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 92136-5072
Contact:
Comm: 619-556-7539
DSN: 526-7539
FAX: 619-556-1682
DSOWestAdvice@navy.mil
Duty Officer: 619-318-1115
Hours:
Walk Ins: Mon - Fri 0800-1100
Appointments: Mon - Fri 1300-1600
Directions:
We are located in Building 56 on the west side of Naval Base San Diego between Afloat Training Group and Shore Personnel Support Detachment.
Ombudsman:
Mrs. Samantha Feingold
dsowest.ombudsman@gmail.com

Branch Offices & Detachments

Lemoore, CA
Mailing Address:
730 Enterprise Blvd Wing Three
Lemoore, CA 93246-5015
Contact:
Comm: (559) 998-0769
E-mail: DSOWestAdvice@navy.mil
Advice Service Hours:
Monday - Friday
0800 - 1600
Bremerton, WA
Mailing Address:
365 S. Barclay St
BLDG 433 Code 1307
Bremerton, WA 98314
Contact:
Comm: (360) 476-2157
E-mail: defensebremerton@navy.mil
Duty Officer: (360) 271-5664
Advice Service Hours:
Monday – Thursday
0800 – 1100

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