Purpose and Duties:
The Smith County Veterans Court Program is a pre-trial diversion program for Veterans
who are charged with non-violent misdemeanor offenses that may be related to Post
Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Substance Abuse Disorder (SUD), and Traumatic
brain Injury (TBI) or other mental health problems resulting from their military
service. The program may be six months to 24 months in duration.
Participants in this program will be given an evaluation for psychological, chemical
dependency and other issues that can be addressed through various types of treatment
and supportive services. The program offers veterans an opportunity to avoid prosecution
and a criminal conviction.
The Smith County Veterans Court Coordinator in cooperation with the Veterans Affairs
and Smith County District Attorney’s office will work with the Justice Involved
Veteran to determine eligibility. Minimum eligibility is a veteran of active duty,
National Guard, or Reserve Armed Forces with an honorable discharge, have service-connected
PTSD, SUD, TBI or other mental health problems, and be charged with a misdemeanor offense.
Prior misdemeanor convictions will be evaluated on a case by case basis.
Not all may be eligible or accepted into this program.
For more information on this program contact Michael Roark, Smith County Veteran