June 8, 2023
Military Diversion

Military Diversion is a pretrial program for current or former members of any branch of the United States Military charged with misdemeanor crimes. To be eligible, the court must find that these defendants may be suffering from sexual trauma, traumatic brain injury, post-traumatic stress disorder, substance abuse, or mental illness as a result of their military service. This is a collaborative program of the San Mateo County Superior Court, Private Defender Program, District Attorney's Office, Behavioral Health and Recovery Services, the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Probation Department. Participants agree to warrantless search and seizure and drug/alcohol testing. They work towards successful completion of the program by undergoing and completing counseling and/or treatment and full payment of victim restitution. Participants attend court review hearings to go over their compliance and progress with the Court. This program does not require having an honorable discharge or having combat service to be eligible. Upon successful completion participants' charges are dismissed. Forms and further information can be obtained by calling the Private Defender Program (650) 298-4000 or the Probation Department at (650) 363-4244.

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