Pennsylvania is home to nearly one million veterans, one of the largest populations of veterans out of any state, and, because of this, some counties in Pennsylvania have a specific court designed to help veterans when they are faced with criminal charges.
Pennsylvania is home to nearly one million veterans, one of the largest populations of veterans out of any state, and, because of this, some counties in Pennsylvania have a specific court designed to help veterans when they are faced with criminal charges. This “Veteran’s Court” is specifically designed to deal with any veteran who is charged with a crime and is suffering from mental illness or addiction which contributed to the commission of the offense.
Some Veteran’s Courts are run through Municipal courts or Magistrate courts, with the help of the District Attorney, and veteran’s agencies. The presiding Judge may be a veteran himself.
The purpose of this unique court system for veterans is to recognize their service to our country and provide them with options when dealing with charges and struggling with substance abuse, PTSD, or other mental illnesses. These courts give veterans mentors, programs, and other services to help overcome challenges that are unique to their experiences.
Within a veteran’s court, a defendant will be assigned an immediate representative from the Veteran’s Administration to help perform an evaluation on their level of need. After this assessment, the veteran will be given access to any programs and resources deemed necessary or helpful for his or her situation. These programs may include substance abuse counseling, job training, job referrals, medical treatment, and housing.
If you have questions about Veteran’s court within your county, or are a veteran with criminal charges, contact Tim Fleming at WTFLEMING@FLEMINGLAW.INFO.
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