Marine Corps Air Station Miramar
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Regional Defense Counsel - Western Region
San Diego, California

Our walk-in counseling hours are Tuesday and Thursday from 0730 to 1100 on a first-come, first-serve basis.  

Regional Defense Counsel Western Region
Marine Corps Air Station Miramar
2244 Elrod Avenue
MCAS Miramar, CA 92126

Senior Defense Counsel
Major Benjamin A. Mills


Walk-in services outside of those hours will generally not be provided.  Servicemembers seeking walk-in services outside of those hours, or servicemembers not located near MCAS Miramar, are advised to call the our office number listed in contact information.  Any exceptions to this rule will be addressed individually by the Senior Defense Counsel (SDC) or Defense Trial Team Leader.  Commands and/or servicemembers may contact the branch office in order to request alternative meeting times based on the availability and scheduling of the defense attorneys.

The charge sheet, administrative separation notification or similar documents; pages 11 and 12 of the Service Record Book; and a summary of the evidence that will be used at the hearing, if applicable, must be provided before a defense counsel will be made available to provide walk-in counseling – whether done in-person or remotely.  If a Marine or Sailor comes in for walk-in counseling and does not have these materials, a member of the DSO may contact the command in order to obtain those documents.  Without these required materials, the SDC or Defense Trial Team Leader may determine that the individual Marine can not be adequately counseled.  Please see CDC PM 2-13 for further guidance.

It is DSO policy that legal advice may not be given over the telephone to a prospective defense client or through third parties calling on behalf of the prospective client.

Certain emergency circumstances or prospective clients at remote locations will be addressed individually. Servicemembers who are unable to appear at our walk-in hours should call the office for further guidance.

Marine Corps Defense Services Organization