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    Criteria include:
    • Veteran or current member of the United States Armed Forces, including a member of the Reserves, National Guard or State Guard.
    • Clinical diagnosis of a brain injury, mental illness or mental disorder, including post-traumatic stress disorder, that resulted from the JIV military service in a combat zone or other similar hazardous duty area; and materially affected the JIV criminal conduct at issue in the case.
    • Current case must be pending in Tarrant County.

    Conditions of the Veterans Court Diversion Program:

    1. Must admit to the commission of the offense, and agree that this admission may be used against the defendant in court, as provided by law.
    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 chemical testing.
    5. Must cooperate with treatment and/or counseling as recommended.
    6. Must take all psychiatric medications as prescribed.
    7. Must keep all appointments and attend all compliance hearings as scheduled.
    8. Must agree to report to VCDP 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 plead guilty to enter program. With completion of the program the charges are dismissed and eligible for expunction.
    13. Must acknowledge that failure to comply with any term of this agreement will cause the State to withdraw from this agreement and proceed with prosecution of this offense.
    14. Must acknowledge that the successful completion of the diversion agreement shall cause the State of Texas to dismiss the charges in this matter.
    15. Must attend bi-monthly compliance hearings held in open court as directed.
    16. Must agree to follow any/all directives given by the case manager in accordance with their individual treatment plan.