VETERANS COURT: Helping those that have served
Veterens & The Criminal Justice System
A few years ago, a move began to help our veterans in the criminal justice system. Several courts have developed either specialized prosecution courts or probation supervision. I have many potential clients contact me asking about veterans court. They believe it is free pass for having committed a crime. That is not the case. Rather, veterans court, when one is eligible, is either a from of probation, or a special type of prosecution. Courts and some Prosecuting Agencies have acknowledged that Veterans may suffer from numerous issues including, but not limited to: *Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) *Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) *Anger Control Issues *Domestic Violence (DV) *Alcohol, Drug, and other Substance Abuse By creating these special courts or probation, the court and prosecutors are trying to deal with the basic issues and causes for veterans caught in the criminal justice system. It is the hope that these programs can develop a mechanism to treat veterans in a beneficial and advantageous manner.