Criteria include:

  • Be a veteran or current member of the United States Armed Forces, including a member of the Reserves, National Guard or State Guard.

(1)  suffers from a brain injury, mental illness, or mental disorder, including post-traumatic stress disorder, or was a victim of military sexual trauma if the injury, illness, disorder, or trauma:

  • (A)  occurred during or resulted from the defendant's military service; and
  • (B)  affected the defendant's criminal conduct at issue in the case; or  

2)  is a defendant whose participation in a Veterans Treatment  Court program, considering the circumstances of the defendant's conduct, personal and social background, and criminal history, is likely to achieve the objective of ensuring public safety through rehabilitation.

  • Current case must be pending in Tarrant County.

Conditions of the Veterans Treatment Court:

  1. Must enter a plea of guilty upon admission into the VTC.
  2. Must not commit a criminal offense for the duration of the program.
  3. Must not consume alcohol or non-prescribed controlled substances.
  4. Must submit to random drug testing.
  5. Must comply with treatment and/or counseling as recommended.
  6. Must take all psychiatric medications as prescribed by treating physician.
  7. Must keep all appointments and attend all compliance hearings as scheduled.
  8. Must agree to report to VTC case manager as directed.
  9. Must keep the program staff informed of any changes in address, telephone number, and employer.
  10. Must consent to the release of protected information as permitted under Texas law.
  11. Must have no contact with any person of disreputable or harmful character.
  12. Must acknowledge that failure to comply with any term of this agreement will may result in termination from the VTC and case(s) may be remanded to the traditional court system for prosecution.
  13. Must acknowledge that the successful completion of this agreement shall cause result in immediate dismissal of the eligible offenses
  14. Must attend bi-monthly compliance hearings held in open court as directed.
  15. Must agree to follow any/all directives given by the VTC staff.