In January 2012, Washington County launched a new diversion program for veterans in the criminal justice system. The purpose of the program is to identify criminal defendants who are veterans struggling with substance abuse and mental health issues stemming from combat service.
What is Veterans Court?
Much like the Hennepin County Veterans Court program, Washington County Veterans Court diverts combat veterans from traditional criminal court by setting out strict court-monitored treatment and rehabilitation plans aimed at helping those struggling with drug or alcohol abuse and mental illness.
How Does the Program Work?
Law enforcement and the County Attorney’s Office will screen for candidates. Veterans who qualify for the program get treatment for chemical abuse and post-traumatic stress disorder. Veterans will also be partnered with a military veteran mentor to work through issues that brought them into court. Those who successfully complete the program may have their criminal charges thrown out.
How Can Keyser Law Firm Help Me?
Keyser Law Firm attorney Christopher Keyser is dedicated to helping our veterans and servicemembers in criminal court. As a Captain in the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps, Mr. Keyser understands the many struggles our veterans face and how asking for help can be a difficult step. For active duty servicemembers and reservists, a criminal conviction can have serious consequences on a military career – including separation and an unfavorable discharge. Having a serious defense attorney who understands the military is a must.
Veterans Court requires a certain level of admitting guilt. This means people in Veterans Court are not fighting their charges but embracing professional help to deal with their issues. Having an empathetic and understanding attorney guide you through this process can be beneficial.
If you are a veteran or servicemember being accused of committing a crime, call attorney Christopher Keyser directly, day or night, at 612-338-5007 for a free consultation.