Veterans Court
California Penal Code 1170.9

California'sVeterans Treatment Court is an intensive rehabilitation program that allows certain veterans who are facing criminal charges to possibly avoid jail and convictions. In order to be considered for Veterans Court, the veteran needs to be 1) eligible for probation, and 2) suffering from addiction or mental illness such as PTSD.

Depending on the case, veterans who successfully finish Veterans Court will have their charge reduced or dismissed. Most veterans who complete Veterans Court do not get arrested again.

In this article, our Los Angeles criminal defense attorneys answer frequently-asked-questions about Veterans Court in California. Click on a topic to jump to that section.

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Struggling veterans arrested in California need treatment, not punishment. Veterans Court can help.

1. What is Veterans Court in California?

Veterans Treatment Court is an alternative sentencing program for criminal defendants who are veterans and struggling with mental illness. Veterans Treatment Court provides veteran-specific treatment such as rehab and counseling in lieu of incarceration. Depending on the case, the veteran may be able to avoid prison, get early termination of probation, get a felony charge reduced to a misdemeanor conviction, and/or get a criminal charge completely dismissed.

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Veterans Court programs are tailored to the individual defendant. Some veterans are committed to a residential treatment program and earn sentence credits for the actual time they serve in residential treatment.

Note that Veterans Court cannot result in dismissals of most felony sexual offenses, such as oral copulation by force and lewd acts with a minor.

2. Am I eligible for Veterans Court in California?

The requirements vary from court to court. In most cases, they participants have to meet the following criteria:

  • the defendant must have served in the military (including Army, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, Marines, National Guard or reserves);
  • the defendant must have pleaded guilty in a criminal case;
  • the defendant must be suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorders (PTSD), Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI), Military Sexual Trauma (MST), substance abuse, or other diagnosed mental health disorders;
  • the defendant must agree to participate in a 15 to 18-month long program; and
  • The veteran must also be otherwise eligible for probation.

After a veteran finishes Veterans Treatment Court, the judge considers the following factors when determining whether the treatment was a success.

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  • the veteran's completion and degree of participation in education, treatment, and rehabilitation as ordered by the court;
  • the veteran's progress in formal education;
  • the veteran's development of career potential;
  • the veteran's leadership and personal responsibility efforts; and
  • the veteran's contribution of service in support of the community.

3. How do I apply for Veterans Court in California?

The process varies by jurisdiction. An attorney or public defender should be able to help the veteran determine his/her eligibility and request the court to admit the veteran into the program. The court may request a mental health assessment.

4. Do I have to go to jail if I do Veterans Court in California?

In many cases, veterans who successfully complete Veterans Treatment Court can avoid going to prison or jail. Though in some cases, Veterans Treatment Court decreases--not eliminates--the prison or jail sentence.

5. Will my case get dismissed if I complete Veterans Court in California?

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In many cases, veterans who successfully complete Veterans Treatment Court have their criminal case completely dismissed. Though in some cases, Veterans Treatment Court results in the charge being reduced to a lesser offense, such as a felony being lessened to a misdemeanor.

If the judge dismisses the veteran's case following Veterans Treatment Court, the veteran is not obligated to disclose the case on job applications or under oath. (An exception is if the veteran later applies to be in law enforcement).

6. What happens if I violate the rules of Veterans Court in California?

It depends on the case. Repercussions range from a judicial slap on the wrist to extra punishments to being disqualified from the program. The defendant's attorney would try to persuade the judge to give the defendant another chance to complete the program.

7. What if I do not finish Veterans Court in California?

In most circumstances, the case will resume as if the defendant never entered Veterans Treatment Court, and he/she will be treated like any other defendant.

8. Does my jurisdiction offer Veterans Court in California?

Consult with an attorney or do an internet search for Veterans Treatment Court locations. If there is no Veterans Treatment Court close by, it may still be possible to do some kind of court-approved program. Just some of the California Veterans Treatment locations are below:

County

Veterans Court/ County Veterans Services

Alameda

Veterans' Court
Dept. 107, 661 Washington Street,
Oakland, CA 94607

Alameda

County Veteran Services
6955 Foothill Blvd, Suite 300
Oakland, CA 94605

Amador

County Veteran Services
Mail:810 Court St.
11041 American Legion Way
(at Hwy 49 & New Airport Rd.)
Jackson, CA 95642

Butte

County Veteran Services
2445 Carmichael Drive
Chico, CA 95928

Calaveras

County Veteran Services
509 East Saint Charles Street
San Andreas, CA 95249

Colusa

County Veteran Services
251 E. Webster St.
Colusa, CA 95932

Contra Costa

County Veteran Services
10 Douglas Drive, #100
Martinez, CA 94553-4078

Del Norte

County Veteran Services
810 “H” Street
Crescent City, CA 95531

El Dorado

Department 4
1354 Johnson Blvd.
South Lake Tahoe, California 96150

El Dorado

Veterans' Court
495 Main Street
Placerville, California 95667

El Dorado

County Veteran Services
130 Placerville Dr., Ste B
Placerville, CA 95667

Fresno

County Veteran Services
1320 E. Shaw Avenue, Ste. #105
Fresno, CA 93710

Fresno

1100 Van Ness Avenue
Fresno, CA 93721

Glenn

County Veteran Services
525 W. Sycamore St., Ste. A5
Willows, CA 95988

Humboldt

County Veteran Services
825 5th Street, Room 310
Eureka, CA 95501-1172

Imperial

County Veteran Services
217 South 10th St.
El Centro, CA 92243

Inyo

County Veteran Services
207 West South Street
Bishop, CA 93514

Kern

Veterans' Court
1215 Truxtun Avenue
Bakersfield, California 93301

Kern

County Veteran Services
1120 Golden State Avenue
Bakersfield, CA 93301

Kings

Veterans' Court
460 Kings County Drive, Suite 101
Hanford, California 93230

Kings

County Veteran Services
1400 W. Lacey Blvd.
Hanford, CA 93230

Lake

Veterans' Court
255 N. Forbes Street
Lakeport, CA 95453

Lake

County Veteran Services
255 North Forbes Street
Lakeport, CA 95453

Lassen

County Veteran Services
1205 Main Street
Susanville, CA 96130

Los Angeles

Veterans' Court
Veteran Administration Regional Building, Room 116
James W. Wadsworth Building
11303 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, California 90073

Los Angeles

Veterans' Court
Antonovich Antelope Valley Courthouse
42011 4th Street West
Lancaster,California 93534

Los Angeles

Clara Shortridge Foltz Criminal Justice Center
210 West Temple Street
Los Angeles, California 90012

Los Angeles

Veterans' Court
Compton Courthouse, Dept. 5
200 W Compton Blvd
Compton, CA 90220

Los Angeles

County Veteran Services
Bob Hope Patriotic Hall
1816 S. Figueroa Street
Los Angeles, CA 90015

Los Angeles

Governor George Deukmejian Courthouse
275 Magnolia, Dept. S12
Long Beach, CA 90802

Los Angeles

8300 S. Vermont Avenue,
Los Angeles, CA 90044

Madera

County Veteran Services
200 W. 4th St.
Madera, CA 93637

Marin

County Veteran Services
10 North San Pedro Rd., Suite 1010
San Rafael, CA 94903

Mariposa

County Veteran Services
P.O. Box 774
5085 Bullion St.
Mariposa, CA 95338

Mendocino

County Veteran Services
P.O. Box 839
405 Observatory Ave.
Ukiah, CA 95482

Merced

County Veteran Services
P.O. Box 112
3376 N Hwy 59, Ste. D
Merced, CA 95341

Modoc

County Veteran Services
202 West 4th Street, Suite F,
Alturas, CA 96101

Mono

County Veteran Services
County Services Building
207 West South Street
Bishop, CA 93514

Monterey

Monterey County Veteran Services
1200 Aguajito Road, Suite 3
Monterey, CA 93940

Monterey

Veterans' Treatment Court, Dept. 10
240 Church Street
Salinas, California 93901

Napa

County Veteran Services
650 Imperial Way
Napa, CA 94558

Nevada

County Veteran Services
988 McCourtney Rd.
Grass Valley, CA 95949

Orange

Orange County Veterans
Treatment Court
700 Civic Center Drive West
Santa Ana, California 92702

Orange

County Veteran Services
County Operations Center, Bldg. B
1300 South Grand Avenue
Santa Ana, CA 92705

Placer

County Veteran Services
1000 Sunset Blvd., Ste. 115
Rocklin, CA 95765

Placer

Veterans' Court/Homeless Court, Dept. 33
10820 Justice Center Drive
Roseville, California 95677

Plumas

County Veteran Services
Health and Human Services Center,
270 County Hospital Road, Suite206
Quincy, CA 95971-9216

Riverside

County Veteran Services
4360 Orange St.
Riverside, CA 92501

Riverside

4100 Main Street
Riverside, California 92501

Sacramento

Veterans Treatment Court, Dept. 9
720 Ninth Street
Sacramento, California 95814

Sacramento

County Veteran Services
2433 Marconi Ave.
Sacramento, CA 95821

San Benito

County Veteran Services
649 San Benito Street
Hollister, CA 95023

San Bernardino

Veterans Treatment Court
247 W. 3rd St.
San Bernardino, California 92415

San Bernardino

County Veteran Services
175 W. 5th Street,2nd Floor,
San Bernardino, CA 92415-0470

San Diego

Veterans Treatment Court, Dept. 34
220 West Broadway
San Diego, California 92101

San Diego

County Veteran Services
5560 Overland Ave., Suite 310
San Diego, CA 92123

San Francisco

850 Bryant Street
San Francisco, CA 94103

San Francisco

County Veteran Services
2 Gough St.
San Francisco, CA 94103

San Joaquin

County Veteran Services
105 S. San Joaquin St.
Stockton, CA 95202

San Joaquin

Veterans' Court, Room 89
222 E. Weber Avenue
Stockton, California 95202

San Luis Obispo

County Veteran Services
801 Grand Avenue
San Luis Obispo, CA 93408

San Luis Obispo

Veterans Treatment Court
1055 Monterey Street
San Luis Obispo, California 93401

San Mateo

Location 1:
Veterans Treatment Court
400 County Center
Redwood City, California 94063

Location 2:
Military Diversion Court
400 County Center
Redwood City, California 94063

San Mateo

County Veteran Services
550 Quarry Road
San Carlos, CA 94070

Santa Barbara

1100 Anacapa St.
Santa Barbara, CA 93101

Santa Barbara

Building E
312 East Cook Street
Santa Maria, CA 93454

Santa Barbara

115 Civic Center Plaza
Lompoc, CA 93436

Santa Barbara

County Veteran Services
624 W. Foster Road, Suite A
Santa Maria, CA 93455

Santa Clara

Veterans' Court
115 Terraine Street
San Jose, CA 95110

Santa Clara

County Veteran Services
68 N. Winchester Blvd.
Santa Clara, CA 95050

Santa Cruz

County Veteran Services
842 Front St.
Santa Cruz, CA 95060

Shasta

County Veteran Services
1855 Shasta St.
Redding, CA 96001

Sierra

County Veteran Services
Health and Human Services Center
270 County Hospital Road, Suite206
Quincy, CA 95971-9216

Siskiyou

County Veteran Services
105 E. Oberlin Rd.
Yreka, CA 96097

Solano

Veterans Treatment Court
600 Union Avenue
Fairfield, California 94533

Solano

County Veteran Services
675 Texas Street, Suite 4700
Fairfield, CA 94533

Sonoma

County Veteran Services
P.O. Box 4059
3725 WestwindBlvd., Ste. 101
Santa Rosa, CA 95402

Stanislaus

Veterans' Court
800 11th Street
Modesto, CA 95354

Stanislaus

County Veteran Services
3500 Coffee Road, Suite 19
Modesto, CA 95355

Sutter

County Veteran Services
Suite 300
5730 Packard Ave.
Marysville, CA 95901

Tehama

County Veteran Services
955 Main Street, Suite C
Red Bluff, CA 96080

Trinity

County Veteran Services
P.O. Box 1230
101 Memorial
Weaverville, CA 96093

Tulare

County Veteran Services
3350W. Mineral King
Visalia, CA 93291

Tulare

Veterans' Court
221 South Mooney Blvd, Room 206
Visalia, CA 93291

Tuolumne

County Veteran Services
105 Hospital Rd.
Sonora, CA 95370

Ventura

County Veteran Services
5740 Ralston St., Dept. #304
Ventura, CA 93003

Ventura

Ventura County Veterans Intervention Program, Dept. 37
800 South Victoria Avenue
Ventura, California 93009

Yolo

County Veteran Services
120 West Main Street, Suite A Woodland, CA 95695

Yuba

County Veteran Services
5730 Packard Ave., Suite 300 Marysville, CA 95901

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