Trial Defense Service
The United States Army Trial Defense Service (TDS) is part of the US Army Judge Advocate General’s Corp and was established in 1980 as a separate activity of the US Army Legal Services Agency (USALSA). To ensure objectivity and fairness, TDS Attorneys are completely independent of local commands and the post legal advisors. They are supervised and rated by their superiors within TDS. The United States Military Academy (USMA) branch office is authorized one military TDS attorney and one civilian paralegal.
The USMA TDS office operates as a branch office subordinate to the Fort Drum TDS Field Office. Its mission is to provide defense legal services including representation at Courts-Martial and administrative reduction and separation boards. The defense counsel also consults with Soldiers who are suspected of offenses and those facing no judicial punishment or adverse administrative actions. USMA TDS provides services for the Soldiers and Cadets of USMA, as well as for active duty Soldiers throughout the northeastern United States (including recruiters throughout New England and New York, excluding the 100-mile radius of Fort Drum).
The TDS counsel provides legal advice and representation solely on military justice matters and military administrative actions that are initiated on the basis of alleged violations of the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ). The USMA TDS office offers a full range of defense legal services as mentioned above as well as many unique services that arise due to the mission of the USMA. While they do not assist Cadets in the cadet honor system or Article 10 procedures, the USMA TDS Counsel does advise and assist Cadets accused of violating the cadet conduct and misconduct system.
The Trial Defense Service can be contacted at (845) 938-6086 or (846) 656-3721.
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