Bucks County Veterans Treatment Program
The Bucks County Veterans Treatment Program is a special, problem-solving court that provides comprehensive treatment and alternative sentencing options for our combat veterans who have honorably served their country. Through the collaborative efforts of the Treatment Court Judge, the District Attorney’s Office, the Public Defender’s Office, the Veterans Health Administration, the Adult Probation Office, and fellow veteran mentors, combat veterans receive help for PTSD, TBI (traumatic brain injury), substance abuse, and mental health issues directly related to their combat experience. Veterans Court is a 12 to 22 month voluntary program that honors the service of our soldiers through regular bi-weekly interaction and court sessions before the Veterans Court Judge.
If you are a veteran, and are facing criminal or DUI charges in Bucks County, Pennsylvania call our Bucks County, Pennsylvania criminal defense lawyers. Let us help you through this trying time so that you can get your life back on track.
Getting Into Bucks County Veterans Court & What Is Expected Of You
In order to be admitted into the veterans treatment program, there is an application process that must be completed. Our Bucks County criminal defense attorneys understand this process and can help you get into the program.
The first step is to fill out a Veterans Court application. You will also be required to report to Veterans Court and observe a Veterans Court session.
Once accepted, you meet with the Veterans Court Adult Probation Officer and the Veterans Justice Outreach social worker. You will be required to follow through with drug & alcohol or mental health treatment as recommended. In addition, you agree to submit to regular drug testing. If needed, you are offered assistance with all life-stress issues, including homelessness, depression, employment, education, etc. As part of the veterans court program you are required to appear before the Veterans Court Judge on a bi-weekly basis to report your progress.
Bucks County Veterans Court Eligibility
Not all veterans will be eligible for the Bucks County veterans court program. The eligibility requirements are:
All honorably discharged combat veterans from all wars and all branches of the military, including the reserves may be eligible.
Veterans must have a diagnosis of combat-related PTSD, TBI (traumatic brain injury), MST (military sexual trauma), mental health issues, and/or substance abuse problems, all of which resulted in criminal activity.
This is a special program for veterans who honestly want help, and are willing to submit to a lifestyle of total sobriety. If you are applying to the program just to get out of a legal situation, and you are not committed to sobriety, this program may not be for you.
Contact Our Bucks County Veterans Treatment Court Attorneys
Please contact our Bucks County lawyers for a free consultation with one of our criminal defense attorneys. We will review your case and help you determine the best possible choice for you. We serve the entire Bucks County, Pennsylvania area.