Vermont Pre-Trial Services

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.

Contact Burke Law for A Free Case Consultation

If you have been charged with a crime, or if you have not been formally charged with crime but are party to an ongoing investigation, contact us to ensure that your rights are protected from the earliest stages of the process. We offer free consultations and will work with you to find a time that accommodates your schedule.