Military Diversion Offers Veterans a Second Chance
Military Diversion offers veterans a second chance when they find themselves entangled in the criminal court system. It is a program for current, or former members, of United States Military charged with misdemeanor crimes.
Do I qualify for military diversion?
To qualify, there must be a showing of post-traumatic stress disorder as a result of military service. The first part of the program involves identifying if a veteran/defendant is qualified and the second part involves attendance of court review hearings to monitor the progress of counseling and treatment programs. Once the program is completed, the criminal charges ultimately get dismissed. When a crime involves restitution (money owed) to the victim, very often Military Diversion does not absolve the veteran/defendant from payment to make the victim whole.
How can Lamano Law Office help me?
Lamano Law Office represented a veteran who was admitted into the Military Diversion Program. He was charged with driving while under the influence of alcohol and driving with a blood alcohol content of .08 percent or higher. As part of his treatment, our client went to weekly mental health therapy sessions through the Veterans Administration. Upon completion of the program, his case was closed, and the charges were dismissed.
If you, or a loved one, is a veteran, it may be wise to participate in the program. We believe that one bad act does not define a person and people can learn from their mistakes and better their chances for their future and well being. Military diversion courts target the underlying and fundamental issues of criminal behavior. The goal is to resolve these cases in a more holistic way by identifying how the court can offer treatment and support. Lamano Law Office identifies the specific needs of our clients and addresses those needs with the court. Veterans should be given the support they need including access to other veterans who share the same trauma, treatment providers, support teams, and mentors.