Frequently Asked Questions

 

  1. How do I know if I qualify for the Veterans Treatment Court program?
  2. Now that I figured out that I qualify for the VTC program, how do I get in? Do I need a referral?
  3. After I successfully complete the VTC Referral Packet, what's the next step for me?
  4. After I complete the VTC application packet, what can I expect?
  5. If I'm charged with a DWI, DWI - Open Container, DWI 2nd or Assault Bodily Injury, will I still be considered for Track 1 - Pretrial Diversion?
  6. If the District Attorney's Office requires me to complete community service hours as part of my deal, can I pay it off rather than perform the community service?
  7. What, if any, exclusions are there from being considered for the VTC program?

1. How do I know if I qualify for the Veterans Treatment Court program?

The defendant must meet the following requirements:

  • The defendant must be either an active duty service member, veteran, or in the reserves or National Guard (Acceptable Discharges: Honorable and General Under Honorable Conditions)
  • Have a pending eligible misdemeanor offense. If there is an alleged victim (e.g., ABI – Married), then you will need the consent of the alleged victim to proceed and make any required restitution
  • Be a legal resident or citizen of the United States of America and be a resident of Bexar County, Texas or a contiguous county
  • Have a mental illness or disorder, including post-traumatic stress disorder; traumatic brain injury; depressive, anxiety and psychotic disorders; and/or substance use disorder that is related to the criminal offense.

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2. Now that I figured out that I qualify for the VTC program, how do I get in? Do I need a referral?

The judge, prosecutor, defense bar, Veterans Court and/or Problem Solving Court staff may refer you to be considered for inclusion in the VTC program. You may even self-refer. A Referral Order must be completed to start the screening process.

If you have either a court-appointed attorney or have retained private counsel to represent you, you and your attorney are required to complete and sign the Referral Packet. Please download and print the Referral Packet, or call 210-335-6640 for more information.

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3. After I successfully complete the VTC Referral Packet, what's the next step for me?

The next step is for you to download and print a VTC Application Packet. Follow the checklist to ensure that your packet is complete, otherwise if vital documents, information or records are missing, it will delay the process. It is imperative that you submit your packet as soon as possible. Please call 210-335-6640 for more information.

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4. After I complete the VTC application packet, what can I expect?

Once it is determined that your application packet is complete, the packet will be forwarded to the District Attorney's Office for review. The DA's Office takes approximately 4 - 6 weeks to review your packet and to extend an offer. The DA has final approval for eligibility.

After the DA's Office makes an offer, VTC staff will contact you and/or your attorney to inform you of the deal. You must decide, after consulting with your attorney, whether you accept or reject the offer. If you accept, your case will be presented to the Admissions Staffing for final review. If you reject it, your case will be returned to the regular criminal docket for adjudication. Please call 210-335-6640 for more information.

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5. If I'm charged with a DWI, DWI - Open Container, DWI 2nd or Assault Bodily Injury, will I still be considered for Track 1 - Pretrial Diversion?

Yes, it is possible that your case could be considered for Pretrial Diversion. However, based on the District Attorney's Office decision trends and their position with regard to public safety, it is unlikely unless you have a very strong application packet demonstrating outstanding military service to include combat deployments and awards/decorations, as well as a minimal to non-existent criminal record, and evidence of being a productive member of society. Please call 210-335-6640 for more information.

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6. If the District Attorney's Office requires me to complete community service hours as part of my deal, can I pay it off rather than perform the community service?

Yes, you may pay off your community service. There's an approved list of veteran-affiliated organizations. Please call 210-335-6640 for more information.  

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7. What, if any, exclusions are there from being considered for the VTC program?
 

A defendant will be excluded from Veterans Treatment Court if he or she:

  • Is seriously and chronically mentally ill, considered clinically inappropriate, and demonstrates maladaptive behaviors that are incongruent with the structure of the Veterans Court
  • Has been previously unsuccessfully terminated from the Veterans Court Program or who have previously graduated, whether on community supervision or not, from Veterans Court and is arrested on a new eligible misdemeanor or felony charge
  • Has a felony conviction and/or lengthy criminal record
  • Has the following characterized discharge from the military: Under Other Than Honorable, Under Other Than Honorable in Lieu of Courts-Martial, Bad Conduct, and Dishonorable
  • Has a misdemeanor of a sexual nature (e.g., Indecent Exposure)

 

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