The consequences of being charged with a crime can not only affect a veteran’s current status but can also affect their future employment.
Are You A Veteran? Have You Been Charged With a Crime?
If you are a veteran who is charged with a crime in Leon County, you may be eligible for a pretrial diversion to the Leon County Veterans Treatment Court (VTC). VTC is a twelve (12) to eighteen (18) month treatment program which upon successful completion, may result in the dismissal of the charges against you and your criminal record may be sealed or expunged.
The objective of VTC is to reduce offender recidivism by linking qualified recipients to deserved assistance by providing a strong support system in a therapeutic atmosphere. The program is comprised of two elements: treatment and supervision.
To be eligible for a pretrial diversion to VTC, the following requirements must be met:
- Must be a Veteran or service member who has an Honorable or General discharge from military service.
Must have a documented (by a qualified professional) military-related mental health diagnosis, including but not limited to, post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injury and/or a substance abuse disorder or psychological problems.
Must not have previously been enrolled in and/or had a rejected admission to the VTC (exceptions may be made in this area if approved by the VTC Treatment Judge).
Must participate in assessments and meetings with Leon County VTC personnel, to assist them in completing a referral packet to be reviewed in order to gain approval for enrollment in the program.