The Ventura County Public Defender’s Office offers cutting-edge representation for veterans charged with crimes in Ventura County. For decades, the office has led California, if not the country, in developing holistic solutions for veterans facing criminal charges. Ventura County’s Veterans Court is a collaborative effort of the Ventura Superior Court, the Department of Veteran’s Affairs, and the Ventura County Public Defender’s, District Attorney’s, and Probation Offices. Under the supervision of an attorney, law clerks assisting in Veterans Court will screen and interview clients, attend collaborative meetings, appear on the record in cases, draft motions, and complete other tasks necessary to delivering excellent representation for clients with military backgrounds. Clerks will receive the opportunity to connect veteran clients, who may otherwise be facing jail time, to the much-needed treatment and services available to them in the community.
Veterans Stand Down
Veterans Stand-Down occurs once a year and is a three-day event providing a myriad of services for homeless veterans in Ventura County. The community collaboration offers health, social, and legal services for Ventura County’s veterans. Stand-Down also presents participants with the opportunity to resolve traffic and low-level misdemeanor offenses during the three-day event. Participants can perform community service during Stand-Down to receive a waiver of fines and fees in their cases, as well as case dismissal and expungement. Law clerks and attorneys from the Ventura County Public Defender’s Office interview clients and assist them in obtaining resolutions and expungements of their cases.