Not at all! In fact RMVTC and SAJV hold veterans to a higher degree of accountability. Veterans engaged in this program are required to attend regular counseling sessions, attend court hearings monthly (for a 6 month minimum), and engage in a one-on-one mentorship program. Only if, a veteran complies with the stringent requirements agreed upon by the court, are they then eligible to have their cases dismissed. Note: Not all offenses are eligible for dismissal.
Presently, RMVTC (Regional Municipalities Veterans Treatment Court) only assists veterans with non-violent misdemeanor charges.
SAJV and RMVTC acknowledges ALL veterans. If you took an oath either as a commissioned officer or as a non-commissioned officer and served one day, you are considered a veteran.
If a veteran has cases that are eligible, and completes the agreed upon treatment and counseling, in most cases the charges will be dismissed.
RMVTC is partnered with the University of Arizona, James E. Rogers College of Law. An entire team of law school students work under a licensed attorney and professor, in order to gain real world experience as defense attorneys. Many of these students are either veterans themselves, or have a family member who has served giving them a unique perspective and ability to understand the particpants in the court.
Or you may choose a public defender, or hire a private defense attorney if you wish.
Have charges? Want to know if you or a loved one qualifies? Contact the court directly for more information and assistance.
Cassondra Forste, RMVTC Program Coordinator can be reached at:
Cassondra.Forste@tucsonaz.gov This allows for an opportunity for a second chance without a criminal conviction on record.