January 6, 2010 By Wallin & Klarich

Veterans Court is Meant to Provide Veterans with Treatment they Need and Deserve for their Great Service to Our Country

In California, several Superior Courts have created a special court, called Veterans Court, for veterans who are facing pending criminal charges, both misdemeanors and violent felonies, such as driving under the influence, drunk in public, assault, drug crimes, and many more criminal allegations.

The goal of the Orange County Veterans Court is to provide a non-adversarial treatment strategy for veterans in the criminal justice system who suffer from posttraumatic stress disorder, psychological or substance abuse problems, as a result of having served in a combat theater. The mission and purpose of veterans court is not to incarcerate defendants, but rather to allow them the opportunity for the often intense treatment they need. Veterans Court is designed for veterans who have served in a combat theater and suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder and related serious problems such as addictions, mental illness and traumatic brain injuries. Veterans Court does not mimic the procedures and process found in Orange County criminal courts
California Penal Code Section 1170.9 is the governing code section giving allowance for veterans who develop PTSD were similar problems in combat theaters to earn credit for time spent in court ordered treatment programs. The presiding judge, along with a strong support staff of criminal justice and treatment professionals, closely supervise each defendant. Each defendant must frequently appear in court and must complete an assortment of treatment and educational programs. After 18 successful months in the Orange County Veterans Court program, along with a warm felt congratulations from the judge, the criminal charges are dismissed against the defendant.

Wallin & Klarich is an experienced criminal defense firm, unique from other criminal defense firms. Our attorneys not only have a superior understanding of the specific laws and evidentiary standards applicable to your case, we are also well-versed in determining the availability and potential eligibility for ways to get our clients the treatment they need and deserve, rather than the reality of state prison or county jail time they face.

It is essential to speak with a knowledgeable criminal defense attorney when faced with criminal allegations. An attorney will ensure your constitutional rights are protected. If you or someone you love is being investigated or facing criminal charges in California, contact the experienced Southern California criminal defense lawyers at Wallin & Klarich today at 1-888-280-6839 or www.wklaw.com for a consultation of your case. We can help you.

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