The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court will hear oral argument tomorrow on the issue of whether the Valor Act permits a dismissal of an OUI charge over the prosecutor’s objection. The case that raised this issue is Commonwealth v. Joel Morgan, which was originally charged out of the Lowell District Court.
The Valor Act allows for pretrial diversion of any individual who has served in the military and has been in at least one day of actual combat. To qualify for a diversion under the Valor Act, the individual most not have any prior record and must get a recommendation from a treatment provider that they would benefit from the treatment. The diversion is available for any type of criminal charge but has come up must recently regarding OUI offenses. The Morgan raises two questions both in the context of a second offense; however, the Court’s reasoning is likely to apply to a first offense.
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