Sentencing people to jail who would be better served in treatment is a crime in and of itself. For many veterans, this is an everyday occurrence and is exactly what the new veterans’ court seeks to eliminate. The latest Veterans Treatment Court will be located just outside Orlando in Orange and Osceola counties. Because of their service to our country, our veterans deserve the chance to have their issues treated while staying out of jail. Undergoing treatment will also allow veterans to incorporate themselves into their civilian surroundings easier.
Once established, the court will provide veterans with an opportunity to put their lives back on the right side of the law. At the same time, they will undergo necessary treatment for substance abuse, PTSD, or other similar issues, putting the veterans in a much better position than they were in before they got in trouble with the law. The most common issues veterans face are emotional and mental health issues as well as substance abuse.
The court will work with veterans who have been charged with misdemeanors and other non-violent crimes. When these veterans appear in court, the judge will have the option to give the veteran a chance at help instead of being locked up. Orange county housed 1,400 veterans in their jail last year. Like is the case in any prison population, not every veteran deserves jail.
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is picking up the tab to prevent the local court system for having to lay out any money. The court will find a program for the veteran to take part in to get them the necessary help. The veterans’ courts are very effective at what they do and they are growing in number. Should everything work as planned, the court will begin to see cases in January.
If you are a disabled veteran who has been denied disability compensation or have not yet applied for benefits from the VA, contact LaVan & Neidenberg. You may be entitled to certain programs and benefits so contact our veterans disability rights firm today.