Marine Corps Air Station Yuma
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Regional Defense Counsel - Western Region
Yuma, Arizona

The MCAS Yuma DSO Detachment's office is located in Building 852.  Our walk-in counseling hours are Tuesday and Thursday from 0730 - 0800 on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Any exceptions to this rule will be addressed individually by the Senior Defense Counsel (SDC) or MCAS Yuma Defense Counsel.  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.

Regional Defense Counsel Western Region
Marine Corps Air Station Yuma
Building 852
MCAS Yuma, AZ

Senior Defense Counsel (located at MCAS Miramar)
Major Benjamin A. Mills

Miramar Front Desk
858-577-6340

MCAS Yuma Defense Counsel
Captain Joseph T. Riccardi

Yuma Front Desk
928-269-3480

Walk-in counseling includes providing confidential and privileged legal information to Marines and Sailors facing non-punitive or administrative corrective actions such as nonjudicial punishment, summary courts-martial, “fast track” disposition packages, adverse entries into their service record books, notifications of initiation of administrative separation processing, or other similar administrative procedures.  It also includes providing privileged and confidential legal information to Marines and Sailors who have been advised of their Article 31(b) rights and have elected to exercise their right to consult with counsel.

Unless the defense attorney has been authorized to form an attorney-client relationship with the accused, a defense attorney will not advise the Marine or Sailor being counseled to accept or refuse nonjudicial punishment/summary court-martial, to request an administrative board, or whether or not to make a statement to investigators.  To allow the Marine or Sailor to make an independent decision, the defense attorney will, based on the information provided, present the risks and benefits of either accepting or refusing nonjudicial punishment/summary court-martial, requesting an administrative board, or making a statement to investigators.

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.

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