Every person who walks into the courtroom as a criminal defendant has a unique history. Regardless of guilt or innocence, society would benefit if the courts were able to approach each person with a custom tailored plan to address the person’s needs. We all know that the courts do not have the money or manpower to do this. In most cases, people are treated as cases, not people. The system’s approach is just that: systematic, not personal. This is not an indictment on the system. In most cases, people within the court system are doing the best that they can with limited resources.
The Montgomery County, Tennessee General Sessions Court is making great strides in addressing this problem. They have had a drug court for years and have recently added a Veterans Treatment Court. This court specializes in treatment for veterans. It is done in conjunction with the United States Army and other government agencies. The program does its best to personalize what is otherwise a very impersonal experience by pairing the criminally accused with mentors as well as incorporating both group and individual counseling in a positive, encouraging environment.
Here at Patton & Pittman, we have always believed in a personalized approach to every case. We believe in goal setting and following action plans created collectively with our clients. With that said, we know that Veterans Treatment Court (VTC) is not for every veteran that enters the court system. Because of the intensive nature and time constraints involved, we do not feel it is the best option for the majority of our military clients charged with a crime. However, in the right case, it is a very good option. In some cases, it is the best option.
If you are a veteran or active duty service member charged with a crime and have questions about VTC, we can help. On the date of this writing, the VTC published its monthly newsletter. One quarter of all new participants that entered the program last month were our clients. These are clients that we advised about the program and assisted in gaining admission. They still represent a very small portion of our military clientele. You may not be sure if VTC is the correct choice for you. Let the criminal defense attorneys at Patton & Pittman answer your questions and help guide you through this very important decision.