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If you are a current or former member of the United States Armed Services in good standing or who can provide a DD214 and you have pending criminal charges in Forsyth County, NC, please read the information below and see if our Veterans Treatment Court is right for you. If so, contact Sigler Law. In addition to a 10% military discount on your legal costs, Sigler Law would be honored to help you with the referral and acceptance process for this program. 

VETERANS TREATMENT COURT

 

The mission of the Forsyth County Veterans Court Services is to have a coordinated community response to veterans charged with criminal offenses through collaboration with veteran resources in the community and the criminal justice system. The court provides a means to successfully rehabilitate veterans by diverting them from the traditional criminal justice system and providing them with the tools they need to lead a productive, healthy, and law-abiding life. This is achieved through treatment, rehabilitative programming, reinforcement, and judicial monitoring. Veterans Court Services staff will identify eligible veterans, assess their needs, offer them specific assistance, help them manage their care, and address their issues. The court will provide veterans with treatment for substance use, alcoholism, and mental health issues, while at the same time improving their academic/vocational skills. This is done by actively assisting the veterans with residential, outpatient and/or transitional services leading to job placement and retention. The VCS aims to:

LEAVE NO VETERAN BEHIND!!!

 

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA

 

  • Be a current member in good standing of any branch of the military, including the National Guard or Reserves, or is a former member of any branch of the military, including the National Guard or Reserves, who can provide a Form DD214.

  • Be a High Risk/High Needs or Low Risk/High Needs applicant based off peer-reviewed screening tools.  *Other participants may be eligible for some services on a case-by-case basis.

  • Be a Forsyth County resident, age 18 years or older.

  • Be charged with a criminal offense in Forsyth County. Any offense will be considered, except for homicide or certain sex offenses.

  • Have a mental health or substance use disorder diagnosis requiring treatment or support.

  • Veterans with co-occurring disorders (mental health and substance use) will be evaluated for Veteran’s Court if they otherwise meet the eligibility criteria or rejected if those issues/disorders would prohibit satisfactory completion of any Veterans Court Services sentence/program.

  • Voluntarily agree to participate in, unless court ordered, and be subject to the rules, regulations, and sanctions of Veterans Court Services.

  • Be forensically competent to stand trial.

 

The Forsyth County Veterans Court Services is both pretrial and post-conviction. The participant will have appointed legal counsel throughout all proceedings in the court. Upon successful completion of Veterans Court Services program (including payments of fines, costs, and restitution), the participant’s charges may be reduced or dismissed. This is subject to approval by Veterans Court Services Management Team, with Veterans Court Services Judge making the final decision.