Court Eligibility Criteria
The prospective participant (PP) served
in a branch of the United States military and had something other than a
dishonorable discharge. The prospective participant’s service
experience(s) and any residual effects of those experiences contributed, at
least in part, to the commission of the criminal offense(s) that brings him/her
before the court. The prospective participant must live
within Kitsap County during their participation in the program. A prospective participant’s race, gender, age, religious
affiliation, sexual orientation, or national origin will never be considered
when determining his or her eligibility.
The following offenses, if charged
in the current case, will automatically preclude the prospective participant’s eligibility:
Any sex offense;
2. Manufacture of Methamphetamine;
3. Promoting Prostitution;
4. Any offense including allegations of intentional discharge
of a firearm where a victim suffered serious injury as a result;
5. Any offense involving death, or resulting in actual great
bodily harm to a victim;
6. Delivery of a Controlled Substance to a Minor;
7. Currently serving a DOSA/FOSA sentence;
8. Prior Adult Drug Court/Veteran’s Court graduate from this
or any county’s Drug Court when the date of the current offense is less than
three years from the date of graduation.
a. Past therapeutic
court graduates admitted into the program must pay $500 towards the program fee
in advance of being accepted. If
successful, the past therapeutic court graduate will not earn a dismissal of
the charges after completion of the program.
Instead, the State will recommend an exceptional sentence downward of no
jail/prison incarceration time.
Evidence of prospective participant’s gang
Currently (or very
recently) working with law enforcement as a confidential informant;
A Restitution obligation
to a non-commercial victim that exceeds or will likely exceed $2000. This limit does not include restitution
obligations to insurance companies, businesses, or other corporate entities. Restitution to individual victims must be
paid in full prior to graduation.
The prosecutor may agree to amend the current Information to Veteran
Court eligible offense(s) where the entire veteran’s court team (compliance,
treatment, VJO, attorneys, judge) agrees that the prospective participant is appropriate for Veteran’s
Court. The court may also allow a PP to
participate notwithstanding being charged with an offense that is precluded
under the statute, provided the court makes special findings of fact as outlined
in RCW 2.30.
C. Disqualifying Criminal History:
D. The following will presumptively
a. Consideration may be
given if no weapon was used or attempted to be used, the victim suffered no
injury, and after obtaining law enforcement input.
E. Other factors that may affect