There are a number of special programs and court processes for people who currently serve in the United States military or are veterans. Some of these programs are available only for misdemeanor charges and some are for felonies. As a Florida criminal lawyer who also represents defendants in North and Central Florida, we have represented military personnel through this process so they can get their lives back on track. If you are currently in the military or are a veteran and have been charged with a crime don’t hesitate to call The Walker Law Firm.
A Veterans’ Court is a unique court that tries non-felony criminal cases involving veterans of the United States Armed Forces. These courts are designed to meet the particular needs of veterans, and they aim to try veterans convicted of crimes that may have been committed as a result of trauma and combat-related mental health disorders or substance abuse problems, to include drugs and alcohol. Many veterans return home from multiple stressful deployments abroad and are unable and unprepared to successfully reintegrate into civilian society. Sadly, the challenges of reintegrating into civilian society can sometimes lead certain individuals to criminal or destructive behavior.
The Veterans’ Court provides a veteran the opportunity to participate in a judicially supervised treatment plan with a team of specialists instead of facing incarceration. Upon successful completion of the specific criteria in his or her treatment plan, a veteran defendant may have his or her criminal charges dismissed or receive a lesser sentence for the charged crime.
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