The purpose of veterans’ court is to assist veterans who are accused of crimes that occurred as they are adjusting to civilian life. There is an extensive screening process for veterans who apply. The courts in most communities share the guidelines that the veteran served on active duty, received an honorable discharge and is charged with a probation eligible crime. Megan’s Law offenses and murder cases would not be eligible. In Mr. Smith’s community, consideration is given to the seriousness of the crime, a prior record, service record, victim impact and police opinion. Aside from an attorney, veterans are assigned a mentor- another veteran who has been home for a longer time period. The veteran is required to submit to random drug screenings and participate in rehabilitative services through the VA or civilian programs. It is likely that Mr. Smith will be required to participate in a substance abuse treatment program.
For our criminal newsletter and blog this month we are reviewing veterans re-entry into civilian life and the medical issues that influence their thinking and behavior. The blog topics for this month are:
- Hypothetical Scenario (3/6/15)
- Psychiatric Issues (3/13/15)
- Blast Injury (3/20/15)
- Veteran’s Court (3/27/15)
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