In June of 2011, the Rhode Island District Court created a Veterans Diversion Program. The program, spearheaded by Chief Judge Jeanne E. LaFazia, is specifically designed for veterans and active military members who are charged with criminal misdemeanors. Rather than prosecute these cases through the traditional court system, the cases are resolved through an alternative sentencing program, known as Veterans Diversion.
Court personnel in collaboration with the Kent Center review all cases to determine their eligibility for the Veterans Diversion Program. Once a case is accepted into the program, the veteran must complete a counseling/therapy program at the Kent Center. The program includes group therapy session with other veterans in the program. Following the completion of the program, the case is then resolved pursuant to the agreement between the attorney representing the veteran and the attorney representing town/city where the crime occurred.
The goal of the program is to help veterans and active military members reintegrate into society and address any issues resulting from their military service including trauma, PTSD, and other mental health issues.
Attorney Robert H. Humphrey has successfully represented veterans and active military members before the Veterans Diversion Panel. If you or a loved one are a veteran or active military and charged with a criminal offense, it is critical to speak with Attorney Humphrey regarding the Rhode Island Veterans Diversion Program immediately. Please contact Attorney Robert H. Humphrey, Esq., at 401-816-5862 or e-mail him at email@example.com.