Too often, veterans who have served our country can suffer from mental health issues when they finish their service. For many years, the criminal justice system simply allowed those veterans to fall through the cracks. Today, more than 200,000 veterans are incarcerated in jails and prisons around the country.
Three years ago Riverside County created Veteran’s Court, an alternative sentencing program that helps ensure that veterans get the help they need from the justice system.
Veteran’s Court is a program that recognizes that veterans can sometimes struggle from treatable and curable mental health issues that lead to criminal activity. Veterans who participate in the program will receive sentences that are designed to help them, not just throw them in jail.
Instead of incarceration, veterans attend mental health treatment, drug and alcohol counseling, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) therapy, and/or support and self-help meetings. At the conclusion of this treatment the charges are typically expunged or dismissed.
I can help you enter this program. If the crime that you are accused of was the result of alcohol or drug abuse, PTSD, Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), or any other issue related to your service, then you may be eligible for Veteran’s Court.
I will fight as hard as I know how to ensure that you receive the justice you deserve. If you are a veteran that has been accused of a crime this is an opportunity to keep you from becoming another statistic, and start you on the path to a healthy, fulfilling life outside of the criminal justice system.