Area Defense Counsel

The ADC provides independent legal representation to Air Force members facing potential adverse military actions. The ADC’s chain of command runs through the Senior Defense Counsel at Randolph Air Force Base, Texas to the Air Force Legal Operations Agency at Joint Base Andrews, Maryland. Operating independently from the local chain of command enables the ADC to provide completely confidential legal advice, free of any command influence.

Mission

Delivering first-rate defense services to one Grand Forks Air Force Base through independent and zealous representation of individual clients while always maintaining professionalism.

Article 31 Rights

Under the provisions of Article 31, UCMJ, an Air Force member suspected of committing a criminal offense has the right to remain silent and the right to consult with a military lawyer free of charge prior to making any statements. Any statements a member makes, oral or written, may be used as evidence against them in a trial by court-martial or in other judicial or administrative proceedings.

Members have the right to consult a lawyer and to have a lawyer present while being interviewed or interrogated by authorities. In addition to military counsel, members are entitled to civilian counsel of their own choosing, at their own expense. Members may stop the questioning or request a lawyer at any time during questioning. The fact that a member exercises the right to remain silent or the right to consult with an attorney cannot be held against the member by Air Force.

Services

The ADC provides legal defense services to eligible clients undergoing adverse military actions such as:

  • Courts-Martial and Article 32 Preliminary Hearings
  • Article 15 Actions
  • Suspect Rights Advisement
  • Administrative Discharge and Demotion Actions
  • LORs, LOAs, LOCs, UIFs, and Control Rosters
  • Referral EPRs/OPRs
  • Denial of Reenlistment
  • Flying Evaluation Boards
  • Line of Duty Investigations
  • Reports of Survey
  • Other Adverse Actions Requiring Legal Representation

The ADC cannot assist with personal civil legal matters, civilian criminal matters, or other issues falling within the scope of responsibility of other base offices (i.e. Finance, MPS, Legal Office). Please call us if you have any questions regarding our services.

Hours and Location

Our hours of operation are Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., excluding federal holidays, ACC family days, and 319 ABW down days. Please call 701-747-3341 (DSN 362-3341) to schedule an appointment. 

The ADC office is located at 345 Steen Blvd., Building 255.