1. What is Veterans Treatment Court?
Veterans’ Treatment Court is a Nevada specialty court for military veterans accused of non-violent crimes. It is particularly suited to veterans with service-related illnesses such as substance abuse, mental health issues, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or traumatic brain injury (TBI).
The goal of Veteran’s Court is to restore veterans to the law-abiding citizens they were before their experience in the military.
Veteran’s Court takes approximately one year to complete. Veterans who successfully complete the program will have their criminal convictions sealed.1
2. What services are available?
Treatment in Veteran’s Court can include some or all of the following (as needed):
- Substance abuse detox and counseling,
- Mental health counseling,
- Anger management and impulse control treatment,
- Medical services,
- Trauma therapy,
- Vocational education and guidance, and
- Wellness education.
Participants are paired with volunteer mentors who are also veterans. Much like an AA sponsor, Veteran’s Court mentors are there to support those going through the program and to serve as accountability partners.2
3. Who is eligible for Nevada Veteran’s Court?
Specific requirements for Veterans’ Court vary by county. However, in general, participants must be veterans or current members of the U.S. Military with a service-related substance abuse or mental health issue. They must have no — or only a low-level history — of violence and must not have been charged or convicted of sexual offenses.
Participation in Veterans Treatment Court is voluntary. Appropriate participants are usually referred to the program by their attorney, the prosecuting attorney, or other courts, although family members can also make referral requests.
Participants must qualify for services through the Veteran’s Administration. To qualify for VA benefits, a veteran or member of the U.S. Military must generally be:
- Honorably discharged, and /or
- Have been on active duty for not less than two years unless they have a service-related injury.
In cases involving domestic violence, the alleged victim must also approve your participation in the program.
Potential participants who are former members of the military should bring their DD-214 record of separation to their arraignment.3
4. Can I get Nevada Veteran’s Court for a felony?
Most people referred to Veteran’s Court have been charged with misdemeanor offenses. However, Clark County Veterans Court offers court-supervised outpatient treatment for veterans convicted of a felony. The program works collaboratively with the Veterans Administration to serve veterans with significant addiction and mental health issues that developed during or from their military service.4
5. What are the conditions?
Participants in Nevada Veteran’s Court must attend regular counseling sessions (several times per week) and regular meetings with their court officers. They are not allowed to take any illegal substances or addictive medications except as strictly prescribed by a doctor.
Participants are subject to regular random drug and alcohol testing and ongoing monitoring for possible additional criminal activity. They also may be required to participate in community service or a work program.5
6. How much does Veteran’s Court cost?
Costs vary by jurisdiction. In Reno, there are no court costs for veterans participating in the program. In Las Vegas, there are court costs of $1,500, which can be paid in monthly installments.
This does not include your attorney’s fees (if any) if you have engaged a private lawyer to represent you.6
7. When and where is Veterans’ Court in Las Vegas and Reno?
Reno Veterans Court takes place every Monday at 9:30 a.m. in Courtroom A of the Second Judicial District Court, located at 75 Court Street, Reno, NV 89501.
Henderson, Veterans’ Court takes place at Henderson Municipal Court, 243 S. Water St., 3rd Floor, Henderson, NV 89015.
Are you a veteran accused of a crime in Nevada? Call us for help…
If you or a family member is a veteran accused of a crime in Clark County or Washoe County, Nevada, we invite you to contact us for a consultation.
Our Las Vegas criminal defense lawyers defend former and current members of the military accused of crimes in civilian courts throughout the state of Nevada.
One of our Reno or Las Vegas criminal defense lawyers will return your inquiry promptly to discuss your case, including the possibility of getting your case heard in Nevada Veterans Treatment Court.
- NRS 176A.290; NRS 176A.400; see, for example, Veterans Treatment Court handbook, Eighth Judicial District Court.
- Same; see also Crampton v. State, (Nev. Ct. App. 2016) 132 Nev. 959.
- Same. See also Veterans Treatment Court, Las Vegas Justice Court; see also Second Judicial District Courts, Specialty Courts, Advisory Commission on the Administration of Justice.