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.