Veterans And Active Duty Military DUI
DUI AND DISMISSAL PROGRAMS FOR U.S. MILITARY VETERANS
- In 2009, the U.S. Supreme Court said that “in recognition of their service,” military veterans may sometimes be accorded leniency by the courts.
- Veterans and active duty military personnel who face DUI charges in California may be eligible for a dismissal of charges through Military Diversion or Veterans Court.
- This is among the best remedies (best outcome) available to DUI defendants.
- An experienced Orange County DUI defense attorney at The Law Offices of Todd Landgren can determine if you qualify for a diversion program. Your attorney will guide you step-by-step through the legal process.
- For decades, The Law Offices of Todd Landgren has been a leading DUI law firm, and we’ve defended thousands of DUI clients across Southern California.
- We will fight to have your DUI charge dismissed, and we will bring your case to its best possible conclusion.
WHAT ARE SOME OF THE OPTIONS FOR VETERANS CHARGED WITH DUI?
We routinely work on behalf of military veterans facing DUI charges in southern California. Many veterans who are charged with DUI will qualify for one of these programs:
- Military Diversion
- Veterans Court
WHAT IS MILITARY DIVERSION AND HOW DOES IT WORK?
U.S. military and U.S. military veterans may be eligible for a pretrial Military Diversion Program if charged in California with misdemeanor DUI.
The diversion program is an alternative to criminal prosecution.
A pretrial diversion program postpones adjudication in a misdemeanor DUI case pending a defendant’s satisfaction of the program’s requirements. Successful completion of a diversion program usually results in charges being dismissed with no criminal penalties and can almost completely ‘clean’ the arrested individual’s record of the case.
Veterans in southern California who are charged with DUI but are ineligible for Military Diversion may find that Veterans Court is a more appropriate option.
Our firm was at the forefront of making diversion available to service men and women facing DUI charges in Orange County as the new law was being aggressively fought by the Orange County District Attorney’s office. We secured the first written opinion of the Orange County Superior Court in which the court agreed with our interpretation of the law to allow our soldiers to participate in this exceptionally favorable program and avoid criminal prosecution. Subsequently, the law was clarified to explain that the legislature intended to include DUI in the offenses eligible for military diversion.
If you have served in the U.S. Military and are facing criminal prosecution in Orange County, we are proud to serve you.
WHAT IS VETERANS COURT AND HOW DOES IT WORK?
Veterans Court in California offers alternative sentencing for veterans who struggle with mental illness and who are charged with DUI or other crimes. Typically, Veterans Court offers personalized treatment, counseling, and rehabilitation as an alternative to jail.
Depending on the details of a DUI charge, a military veteran/defendant may be able to have a DUI charge reduced or entirely dismissed upon successful completion of the court’s requirements.
Veterans Court programs are heavily structured, and participants are closely monitored. Some vets are allowed to live at home. Others are sent to residential treatment. A Veterans Court program usually requires treatment and rehabilitation for twelve to eighteen months.
HOW CAN OUR DUI ATTORNEYS HELP?
For many veterans, Military Diversion or a Veterans Court program will be the best way to resolve a DUI case. A skilled DUI defense attorney with our firm can review the evidence against you and recommend the best way for you to proceed.
Qualified DUI lawyers routinely work with prosecutors and the courts to achieve the best results for their clients. At The Law Offices of Todd Landgren, we have the skills and the considerable experience that every DUI client needs.
If you are a veteran who is being charged with DUI in southern California, contact us online or call The Law Offices of Todd Landgren at 949-752-1122.
I had a felony DUI with GBI enhancement...I am a vet and thought my life was over. He took over from the beginning and told me what I had to do in order to become a better man and prove to the courts I wasn't a bad person. I was set to do 2-3 years in state prison and got.