Penal Code section 1170.9 provides judicial officers with the option of sentencing military veterans to treatment instead of prison or jail if they have been convicted of certain classes of crimes, as long as the court finds that the defendant may be suffering from sexual trauma, traumatic brain injury, post-traumatic stress disorder, substance abuse, or mental health problems as a result of their service in the United States military.

Veterans Treatment Calendar (VTC) is a collaborative court comprised of legal and treatment professionals working together to promote public safety. The VTC Team utilizes their skills and expertise, different viewpoints, and mental health specialties to develop an action plan that addresses criminal behavior, trauma, and treatment.

Once accepted into the VTC program, the Participant is placed on formal probation to be monitored by San Diego County’s Probation Department. This is true for all VTC cases, including misdemeanor offenses. The payment of all fines, fees, assessments, the performance of public or volunteer work, and the completion of programs ordered by the sentencing judge in the case are temporarily stayed while the Participant is completing the treatment plan and remains in compliance. If accepted into the VTC program, the Participant must undergo treatment in San Diego.

Upon successful completion of the program and compliance with all terms of probation, the court will reduce, delete, or deem satisfied the previously stayed conditions of probation. Upon the participant’s successful completion of VTC, the VTC court has jurisdiction, under Penal Code §1170.9(h) to consider, at a noticed public hearing, a motion to dismiss the charges.