After lengthy argument in Alameda County Superior Court, veteran Jay Robert Soliven won consideration of his vet status and was released without bail to prepare for a treatment program with the Veterans Administration, probably through Veterans Court. Judge Colin Bowen acknowledged Soliven’s military service and mental health issues but raised concerns regarding public safety. It was explained that Soliven was going through crises during the time of the offense, as opposed to having a criminal history.
The defense emphasized the importance of ensuring that Soliven receives drug treatment and external support available to him through the VA, while the judge reiterated his preference to have some sort of mechanism in place to ensure that Soliven goes through the program.
After working out the logistics, Judge Bowen opted for a 14-day own recognizance (no bail) to East Oakland Recovery Center to ensure that Soliven would be prepared for transportation and initiation into the VA program.
As a condition of his release, Soliven is ordered to comply with all the directives of the program and representatives from the VA.
Read more at DavisVanguard.org.