Veterans undergo an experience far removed from the vast majority of those who sit in judgment of them in the justice system. The military experience, particularly if it involves combat, indelibly shapes the veteran and often has significant causal or mitigation implications relating to criminal offenses. Seeking military records can be difficult and understanding those records in the context of the military culture can be daunting to even the most accomplished practitioner. This practical presentation will discuss obtaining, reviewing, and understanding military records, as well as offering suggestions in framing veteran mitigation.

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