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Orange County Military Criminal Defense Lawyer

Helping Accused Servicemen & Women

All veterans and active members of the arm services are eligible to have their misdemeanor offenses dismissed without any plea of guilty upfront. What this means is you can avoid a conviction if you are found eligible for the military diversion program. It is critical that you speak to me prior to accepting any type of plea-bargain that requires you to plead guilty to any type of misdemeanor offense.

Call an Orange County military criminal defense attorney for a free initial consultation after you have been accused or arrested.

Military Diversion Program

In order to be considered for the Military Diversion Program pursuant to Penal Code §1001.80, you must obtain documentation from the Veteran’s Administration or, if you are active duty, your on base substance abuse treatment center, indicating in writing that you have been assessed and determine to suffer from certain conditions.

  • Conditions include any of the following:
  • Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • A substance abuse problem related to drugs and alcohol
  • A mental health problem related to your military service

Active duty members and/or veterans of the United States Military must request that an assessment be completed by the VA Behavioral Assessment Center or, for active duty members, the substance abuse treatment center on base, in which a therapist psychologist, or some other type of treatment professional meets with you, and conducts relevant testing to determine whether or not you suffer from one of the three above qualifying conditions.

The documentation must state that the identified issue is “…related to your military service.”

If you are a U.S. service member, do not hesitate to contact The Law Offices of Alan Castillo for assistance.