Trial Defense Service


Trial Defense Service Mission: To provide independent, competent, and ethical defense legal services to Soldiers worldwide, wherever located, as required by law or as authorized by The Judge Advocate General. 
We provide a full-range of defense legal services to Soldiers serving in numerous commands worldwide. These services include:
  • Representing Soldiers charged with military criminal offenses at trial;
  • Representing Soldiers during criminal investigations and before elimination or grade reduction boards;
  • Counseling Soldiers regarding pretrial restraint, nonjudicial punishment, and various adverse administrative actions taken pursuant to military regulations.

If you are a drilling Troop Program Unit (TPU) Reserve member, Individual Mobilization Augmentee (IMA), or Individual Ready Reserve (IRR) member, click the box above and fill out the form.  Save the form as a pdf and email it to, subject: "Request for Counsel".  If you have any questions or are having difficulty using the form, please call the Reserve Liaison Officer, Headquarters, U.S. Army Trial Defense Service at (703) 693-0285. 

Soldiers requesting counsel should expect to be contacted by a TDS attorney (or paralegal) within 5-7 business days of submitting a request.