About TDSOffice of the General Counsel: Trial Defense Services


Camp Mabry

Building 42 (Bluebonnet House)

2200 W 35th Street, Austin, TX  77063

Phone: 512-782-6069      Fax: 512-782-6949

Hours of Operation: Monday - Friday 0830-1600

The TDS mission is to provide defense legal services to Soldiers as required by law or as authorized by The Judge Advocate General.  The Texas Army National Guard TDS provides a full-range of defense oriented legal services to Texas Army National Guard Soldiers, including:

  • Representation of Soldiers charged with military offenses;
  • Representation of Soldiers during investigations and before separation or grade reduction boards;
  • Counseling of Soldiers regarding nonjudicial punishment, and other adverse administrative actions taken pursuant to military regulations.

Soldiers on Title 10 orders or in the Army Reserve will need to contact the appropriate office to handle their case. Links provided to the right under "Other Resources".

THE BASIC RULE: DON'T SPEAK TO ANYONE WITHOUT YOUR ATTORNEY PRESENT!

The Constitution and Military Rules of Evidence guarantee suspects the right not to be questioned by police and military authorities without an attorney.  This right helps to ensure, in essence, that you do not become the prosecutor's key witness at your own court-martial or Section 15 hearing.  You are entitled to be assisted by a military defense counsel at no cost to you or you may retain civilian attorney at no expense to the government.

 

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To request counsel click the following link: Request Counsel