Vermont’s Pre-Trial Services is a voluntary program of the Vermont Attorney General’s office. The Court often does not explain to defendants that their participation in Pre-Trial Services is entirely VOLUNTARY. If you do not want to participate in Pre-Trial Services in Vermont, you do not have to.
Pre-Trial Services offers various types of support for individuals charged with a crime in Vermont.
Pre-Trial Screenings–The Pre-Trial coordinator provides voluntary substance use and mental health screenings to individuals charged with a crime in Vermont. The screenings help identify whether an individual would benefit from meeting with a counselor for a further assessment and support.
If you do not want to do a Pre-Trial Screening, you do not have to and you can’t be charged with a violation of conditions of release in Vermont state court.
Unfortunately, Vermont Pre-Trial Services Coordinators often don’t tell defendants this important information.
If you are asked to participate in Pre-Trial Services talk to your attorney to help you make an informed decision about whether you (or your case) might benefit from participation.