Veterans Court - Galveston County

Galveston County

Veterans Treatment Court

MISSION STATEMENT

The mission of the Galveston County Veterans Treatment Court is to assist Veterans and their families to become integral and productive members of the community through a collaborative effort, and to honor them and restore their dignity for their selfless service to our country; we shall leave no veteran behind.

VTC Presiding Judge
The Honorable Mark A. Henry
(USAFR RET 1989 – 2010)
(409) 766-2244

Veterans Court Coordinator
Matthew Parrish
(ARMY 2002– 2005)
(409) 765-2679

VA Veteran Justice Outreach Coordinator
Dr. Edward Henderson
(713) 503-0151
edward.henderson2@va.gov

Chief Assistant Criminal Attorney
Paul Love
(409) 766-2355
(Note: ADA cannot speak with Defendants)

VTC Defense Attorney
   Amber Spurlock
(USAF 2008 - 2011)
Tad Nelson & Associate
820 E. Main. League City, TX 77573
Office: (281) 280-0100
   amber@thenelsonfirm.com

Compliance Officer
Johnathan Bouvier
(USMC & Army 1993 – 2007)
(409) 766-2522

Veterans Service Officer
Jeff Gottlob
(USMC RET 1980 – 2001)
(409) 766-2448

Veteran Treatment Court Mentoring & Wellness Coordinator
Kevin Woods
Navy 2007 - 2012
kwoods@mhahouston.org

If you believe you are a qualifying veteran and would like to apply to the
VTC program, please contact any of the above VTC Staff.

ELIGIBILITY
To qualify for the GCVTC a defendant MUST:
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* Be charge with a criminal offense: either felony or misdemeanor in
Galveston County
* Be a US military Veteran, on Active Duty, or serve in the Reserves,
National Guard, or State Guard

* Be Active Duty or currently discharged as: Honorable; or General Under
Honorable Conditions

*  Be a resident of Galveston  County

* The Veteran must be suffering from a brain injury, mental illness or mental
disorder, which  can include Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, or was a victim
of Military Sexual Trauma that:

A) Occurred during or resulted from the Veterans military service, and

B) Affected the defendants criminal conduct at issue in the case, or

C)  Considering the circumstances of the defendants conduct, personal and
social background, and criminal history, is likely to achieve the objective
of ensuring public safety through rehabilitation of the Veteran in a manner
provided by Section 1.02(1), Penal Code.

PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS
   The VTC program is voluntary and normally (12) months in duration.  There
are two tracks offered in the VTC program:

Track 1 – Pretrial Diversion and Track 2 – Deferred Adjudication or
regular Probation.

There is a standard $1000 VTC Program Fee, which takes the place of all fines
and costs.

Compliance with probation conditions as well as treatment is mandatory.  The
District Attorney has final approval for eligibility as well as Track 1
and/or Track 2 offers.  All cases will be reviewed for acceptance on a
case-by-case basis.

Galveston County Veterans Treatment Court does not discriminate based on
color, ethnicity, religion, sex, disability, or age, in the delivery of
services.

 

     

This program is supported by a grant from the Texas Veterans Commission Fund for Veterans’ Assistance. The Fund for Veterans’ Assistance provides grants to organizations serving Texas Veterans and their families.

 

If you believe you are a qualifying veteran and would like to apply to the VTC program, please contact any of the above VTC Staff.

VA Disability Rating Requirement: 
Any Disability
Discharges Allowed: 
No Minimum Discharge