The Hennepin County Veterans Court is a program from defendants who have served in the U.S. armed forces. The program is a a court-supervised treatment program specially designed for Vets who have been charged with a crime. The court deals with defendants who struggle with adduction, mental illness, and other disorders. The program lasts between 12-18 months with a focus on sobriety and recovery. Intensive probation and supervision is part of the program. Eligibility is on a case-by-case basis for people who served in the U.S. armed forces who have been charged with a misdemeanor, gross misdemeanor, or non-mandatory or presumptive felony. Contact Keller Law Offices for an explanation on non-mandatory or presumptive felonies.
Other counties in Minnesota also have Veterans court and other courts in Minnesota are in the process of starting their own program. There is no cost to attend Vets court in Hennepin County. When charged with an offense, the city attorney has to agree to send the defendant to Vets court. Upon agreement of both parties, the case then gets referred to Vets court for screening. The screening process involves an assessment where the defendant is interviewed to see if the defendant is eligible. Once the defendant is accepted into the program, the defendant is places on conditional release and is assigned to a probation officer. The defendant is monitored by the court with many follow up appearances.
The goals of Vets court it to help defendants with sobriety, mental health issues, and to reduce criminal recidivism. Typically random drug and alcohol testing are used to monitor sobriety along with counseling, judicial reviews, and probation supervision. After vets court is completed, the defendants graduate from the program and get a coin and a certificate of completion. In many cases, prosecutors are willing to give better offers and outcomes in court upon entering and completion of the program. This means, that not only does Vets court help in bettering the lives of veterans long term, but also with their criminal records. In some cases and depending on the deal worked out with the city attorney, the case might get dismissed or reduces after graduation. It is common for prosecutors to give a benefit to the defendant if the defendant completes Vet court.
If you have been charged with a crime and if you have served in the U.S. armed forces, contact Keller Law Offices. Keller Law Offices has two criminal justice attorneys who are experienced in dealing with cases in Veterans court. A criminal justice attorney will be able to fight the charges against you and help you get the best outcome possible. The criminal justice attorneys have handled many cases in the specialty courts in Hennepin county such as Veterans court, mental heath court, and drug court. Call 612-210-0629 for a free consultation. Keller Law Offices is located downtown Minneapolis, MN and offer payment plans in most cases. Contact Keller Law Offices for more information about Vets court, eligibility, requirements, and the court process. Please visit the firm’s website at www.kellerlawoffices.com.