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San Diego Veterans Court Defense Attorney. Former San Diego Prosecutor explains the process and how to get in

by | Jun 16, 2020 | Firm News |

Veterans Court in San Diego County

Veterans court is best described as a “chin up bar”.  Those are the words of Judge Krauel, who is an authority on Veterans court in San Diego.

It is a very tough and intensive course.  In many cases, veterans court is an alternative if someone is ineligible or unsuitable for Military Diversion.

It is very intensive and a potential participant must be aware of what it consists of before petitioning for admission. 

What is Veterans Court?

Veterans Court takes veterans with misdemeanor and felony convictions and places them on a separate track, giving them treatment designed especially for veterans.  Defendants in the program are closely monitored with regular court hearings and supported by Veterans Affairs and other community-based organizations.  Participants are rewarded for success, and penalized for non-compliance of the rules.  Only veterans who committed crimes as a result of a mental illness related to military service are eligible for the Court.

The program is a collaborative effort between the Superior Court, District Attorney’s Office, Defense Bar, treatment providers, and the California Veterans Legal Task Force.

Participants are carefully screened and placed into programs that will give them the tools to treat mental health issues and become productive citizens.  Many vets cope with problems when they return home from a deployment and must work to readjust to civilian life as well as to injuries and psychological problems, which can lead to substance abuse or issues with the law.

To be considered for Veterans Court, defendants must have prior or current military service and be able to show some type of mental health issue related to their service (post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injury, military sexual trauma, etc.).  Trauma from combat is not always required.  However, there must be a connection between the criminal offense and a military related mental health issue.  Prior to acceptance into Veteran’s Court, each case must be screened and approved by a selection committee, which meets twice per month.  Cases involving arson, sex registration, or prison sentences are not eligible.

You want to consult with an attorney to see if Veterans court is a fit for you.  Prior to opening his law firm, Attorney Mark Deniz was a deputy district attorney for almost 10 years with an intimate knowledge of the various consequences a conviction may cause.  Mark Deniz will aggressively defend your case by exploring every angle and argument to ensure you have the best defense possible.  Contact the Law Offices of Mark Deniz at 858-751-4384 to get the ball rolling.

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