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Defense Service Office Southeast (DSO SE)
MISSION We provide the highest quality legal advice and representation to eligible service members at courts-martial and administrative proceedings, including enlisted administrative separation boards and officer boards of inquiry, within the assigned area of responsibility (AOR).
AREA OF RESPONSIBILITY The area of responsibility currently encompasses Virginia (except for Northern Virginia/D.C. suburbs), West Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee, Arkansas, Missouri and certain areas and islands south of 36N latitude within the NORTHCOM and SOUTHCOM AORs.
LEGAL SERVICES PROVIDED We provide advice and representation to Sailors, Marines, and Coastguardsmen. 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.
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.
YOUR RIGHT TO REMAIN SILENT AND CONSULT WITH AN ATTORNEY If any government agent (that means everyone in uniform including but not limited to anyone in your chain of command, NCIS special agents, civilian police officers in military police departments, and any civilian law enforcement) suspects you of an offense and seeks to question you about that offense, you have an absolute right to remain silent, end the interview and consult with an attorney. Attorneys at DSO SE are available to provide consultation in these cases.
WALK-IN HOURS Clients seeking advice on pending criminal investigations, criminal charges, administrative separation, NJP, or other adverse administrative action may seek legal advice during our walk-in hours. The walk-in times vary depending on your location. Walk-in hours for DSO SE Norfolk are from 0900-1100 Monday through Thursday. Please see the information below for walk-in times at our detachments and branch offices.
NORMAL WORKING HOURS Normal working hours are 0800-1630.
REMOTE SERVICES If you are in the DSO SE area of responsibility and are more than 30 miles from one of our offices, you may request an initial consultation by telephone.
Between 0800-1630, please contact us at (757) 341-4469 and we will arrange for you to speak with a defense counsel. If you are stationed at Guantanamo Bay, Millington or New Orleans, we can provide you a private office with a fax machine and telephone where you may contact a defense counsel.
You may also e-mail us at DefenseServiceOfficeSE@navy.mil. During normal business hours, you will receive a confirmation email and an attorney will contact you as quickly as possible. Please note that the DSO SE e-mail account is only monitored during our office hours.
If an emergency or time-critical matter arises after hours, please contact the Command Duty Officer at 757-636-5070.
Prior to your initial consultation, you will need to complete an intake form. Please call us at 757-341-4469 to arrange to send your intake form. ***TO PROTECT PERSONALLY IDENTIFIABLE INFORMATION, DO NOT EMAIL OR FAX ANY INTAKE FORM WITHOUT PRIOR INSTRUCTIONS FROM OUR OFFICE***
COMMAND REQUESTS: DETAILING OF COUNSEL (ADMINISTRATIVE SEPARATION BOARDS) Commands requesting that an attorney be detailed to an administrative separation board should complete the request for counsel and send via encrypted e-mail, including all required enclosures, to DefenseServiceOfficeSE@navy.mil, ensuring that all Privacy Act requirements are met when sending any Personally Identifiable Information. Commands will be notified via email as soon as defense counsel is assigned. If there are exigent circumstances that may affect scheduling the board, please let us know of those circumstances when sending the request.