There has been an important new development for veterans who are accused
of crimes in Collin County, Texas. Collin County Veterans' Court,
which was launched last month, is a new court that focuses on rehabilitation
as an alternative to incarceration for combat veterans who have been arrested
for criminal offenses, according to a Plano Star-Courier article. This
provides a major benefit for veterans who qualify, providing these individuals
with another way to avoid conviction and damaging penalties such as jail
or prison time.
The court came about after Judge John Roach, Jr.—who presides over the 296
th District Court—started seeing an increase of veterans involved in
the criminal justice system. According to the judge's quote in the
article, the new court involves a more intensive probation process. Through
the court's probation system, the veterans are required to meet with
the judge every month to ensure that they are following their probation
requirements. Non-compliance with their probation terms leads to sanctions,
while compliance leads to rewards (particularly special assistance with
finding housing, jobs and treatment). Those going through the program,
which can last up to two years, work with case managers and treatment
programs that are tailored specifically to their individual needs. Successfully
completing the program can lead to a veteran having his or her case dismissed.
Failing to follow its terms can, however, cause the case to be sent back
to the original court.
The program does have certain limitations, according to the news story.
In order to qualify, a veteran must have been diagnosed with post-traumatic
stress disorder or a traumatic brain injury, and the diagnosis must be
related to the crime for which the individual was arrested. Furthermore,
veterans in the program must not have committed any violent crimes, crimes
that involved deadly weapons or drunk driving. Only 10 to 12 veterans
can be in the program at once.
If you are a combat veteran who was arrested for a crime that qualifies
for this Collin County Veterans' Court program, you just might be
able to benefit from this chance to receive individualized treatment and
probation in place of much harsher penalties. Another option is to completely
challenge your criminal charges in court, which is a route that might
be necessary for those who do not qualify for the new veterans' court
program. When you do this, you will need a legal advocate who is by your
side each step of the way, aggressively protecting your rights and your
chances of freedom.
Our Plano, Texas
criminal defense law firm, The Zendeh Del Law Firm, PLLC, provides defense for a broad
spectrum of criminal charges, even those involving crimes as serious as
murder. Since we handle
military criminal law, we have valuable experience representing individuals who have served
their country. We provide assistance to members of the military who are
facing allegations in either the criminal justice system of the military
Contact us today to learn about your legal options for fighting a criminal conviction
or military sanctions.