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Veterans returning from service in Iraq and Afghanistan face immense challenges. They must readjust to civilian life, find employment in a tough economy and enter into a new phase in their lives. While they were serving their country, family and friends moved on with their lives, and without that network of social support, some veterans become reliant on drugs or alcohol. They may also suffer mental problems such as depression or post-traumatic stress disorder. Sooner or later, a veteran in these circumstances can find himself or herself charged with a drug crime or another felony or misdemeanor crime.
Fortunately, many veterans in this situation can get help and avoid the worst consequences of a criminal charge. Veterans courts have been established in many counties in Pennsylvania to hear criminal cases involving former soldiers, sailors and airmen. These courts can enable veterans obtain access to counseling services to address underlying drug, alcohol or mental problems that led to their arrest. If they successfully complete the terms of the program, many veterans can obtain Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition (ARD) outcomes that enable them to avoid jail and criminal records.
Verdict: “I was accused of date rape and attorney Applebaum was able to show these allegations were completely false and convinced the district attorney to withdraw the charges.”
Verdict:“I was charged with raping a girl I was dating and thanks to attorney Applebaum’s investigation he was able to prove with the Commonwealth's evidence and the alleged victim's phone records that during the time I was allegedly raping her she was on the phone with her girlfriend and other friends for over an hour.”
Verdict:“I was accused of raping a family member and facing 40 years in jail. I was innocent and I refused to plead guilty. After Applebaum tried the case I was found not guilty and I now have my life and freedom back thanks to attorney Applebaum.”
Verdict: “I was accused of stabbing a fellow party goer after a fight erupted and attorney Applebaum was able to prove to the jury that it was another party goer that delivered the almost fate wound. I was acquitted and now I am a member of law enforcement.”
Verdict: “I was accused of dealing drugs and was facing a mandatory 5-10 year prison sentence. After a jury trial attorney Applebaum proved entrapment and I was acquitted of all charges.”
Charge: 3rd Offense DUI
Verdict: “I was being charged with a third offense DUI with a 1 year mandatory prison sentence, attorney Applebaum was able to subpoena the officer's dashboard camera and with the testimony of his toxicologist the jury came back with a verdict of not guilty after only 30 mins of deliberation.”
Charge: Drug Crime
Verdict: “I was charged with being a methamphetamine dealer and thanks to attorney Applebaum , even though I went to jail for a few years attorney Applebaum was able to retain through negotiation over $ 2 million in assets so my family could remain in my family home and my children could go to private school.”
Charge: Aggravated Assault
Verdict: “I was charged with aggravated assault and attempted homicide and I took a bench trial in front of a judge and attorney Applebaum argued that one punch should be considered simple assault and after explaining the circumstances regarding my wife cheating. I received a sentence of 30 days probation.”
Criminal Defense Attorney for Vets Charged With Drug Crimes
Michael H. Applebaum, the founder of our law firm, has played an instrumental role in establishing veterans courts in eastern Pennsylvania. Mr. Applebaum and his team are committed to helping veterans overcome their chemical dependency or mental problems. If you or a loved one is a veteran who faces a drug charge and could benefit from veterans court, we want to speak with you.
Not every veteran who has drug, alcohol or mental problems is eligible for veterans court. In a free initial phone consultation, an criminal defense attorney at our firm can explain how veterans court works, answer your questions and help you determine if veterans court is the right solution for you. If you retain Applebaum & Associates, we will work diligently to help you or your loved one obtain a veterans drug court and ARD outcome.
Contact Our Law Firm
For a free initial phone consultation about a drug charge or criminal case, contact Applebaum & Associates. We have offices in Bensalem, Allentown, Doylestown, Quakertown and Philadelphia.