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 non-judicial punishment.

Legal Services Provided

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

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.

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.

How to Receive Walk-in or Remote Services from a Defense Attorney

Service members in the San Diego, Lemoore, Bremerton, or Everett areas should visit our offices during walk-in hours and complete a Request for Services form. Clients should bring any documents related to the reason for seeking advice. Every effort will be made to provide an attorney as quickly as possible. Our office contact information and hours are below.

San Diego: 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.

Lemoore: Service members stationed onboard Naval Air Station Lemoore may visit DSO West Branch Office Lemoore, 730 Enterprise Blvd Wing Three, on NAS Lemoore between 0800-1600, Monday through Friday.

Bremerton: Service members in the Northwest Region near Naval Base Kitsap may receive walk-in advice services at DSO West Detachment Bremerton Monday through Thursday, between 0800-1100. Services are also available by phone at 360-476-2157 or email at defensebremerton@navy.mil.

Everett or Whidbey Island: Service members stationed onboard Naval Station Everett or Naval Air Station Whidbey Island may visit DSO West Branch Office Everett, in Building 2000 onboard Naval Station Everett. Otherwise, DSO West services are available the remote service office within the Region Legal Service Office in Building 2739 on NAS Whidbey Island, where a service member can contact a Bremerton or Everett counsel.

Remote Services in Other Areas: Service members in Navy Region Southwest or Navy Region Northwest located outside of the above geographic areas are equally entitled to defense services. Members should complete the Request for Services and also provide a front and back copy of the member’s military identification card. (A reservist on active duty will be required to submit a copy of active duty orders prior to receiving services.)

Scan and email them to DSOWestAdvice@navy.mil or fax them to (619) 556-8955. A member with no access to a scanner or fax machine should contact us and we will provide assistance. Once we receive the Request for Services form, we will set up a remote consultation.

Note:  Clients should receive an email confirmation from our office stating that we have received the request documents.

All service members who request services during walk-in hours, whether in person, by phone, or by e-mailing the Request for Services form, will talk with a lawyer. Although a defense counsel will provide advice, the scope of the attorney-client relationship will be limited to that visit. All communications do remain completely confidential. For any questions, contact us by phone.

Counsel Requests from Commands

Commands located in Navy Region Southwest seeking Defense services for administrative boards should send the requests to DSOWestCounselRequest@navy.mil along with notification paperwork and other documentation.

Commands located in Navy Region Northwest seeking Defense services for administrative separation boards should send the request to CounselRequestNorthwest@navy.mil.

The format for requests is in Enclosure 3 of DSO West Instruction 5800.1P, which contains further information about how to request counsel for administrative boards.

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
Everett, WA
Mailing Address:
2000 West Marine Ave
Room 110
Everett, WA 98207
Contact:
E-mail: defensebremerton@navy.mil
Duty Officer: (360) 271-5664
Advice Service Hours:
Monday – Thursday
0800 – 1100

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