Anonymous asked in Politics & GovernmentMilitary · 9 months ago

Should a combat veteran be able to blame PTSD on why he shouldn't get prison time for domestic violence? ?

13 Answers

  • 9 months ago

    PtSD has entered pop culture,and cheapened as an illness,unexamined as to cause,,treatment  is akin to chicken recipes,,everyone has their own ideas,it is used by defense attorneys whose clients did what 98 percent of the human race manage to not do

    go postal and shoot up the joint and all within

  • 9 months ago

    Not just on principle. The facts of the case and the severity of the crime are weighed in.

  • 9 months ago

    No, he can't use that for an excuse! Maybe he's married to an evil man-hating feminazi who puts him down all the time because he's a man! I don't blame him for beating her up! I'd like to beat up feminists too!

  • Albert
    Lv 5
    9 months ago

    Granted this doesn't answer the complex grey area of such statements. Domestic valance better be for the reason that girlfriend was able to serve a cubes worth of woo pass to you. I feel that a veteran can use such in court, but on avoiding time? Methinks I still fill that yeah. Their going to jail.

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  • 9 months ago

    It really ultimately hinges upon the severity

    of the PTSD syndrome. And in most severe

    cases the Military member is bound over to

    VA hospital for lengthy observation and rehab.

    However as a defense I would have to say


  • 9 months ago

    well you can always TRY and see if your lawyer will push it, and it all is going to come down to "it depends".  can it be a valid defense?  maybe.  will it work?  coin flip at the absolute best in my opinion.  the argument you are going to have to overcome (one of them anyhow),is this:  in spite of your PTSD (and you better have it WELL documented), are you going to try to tell a judge or jury that you did not know RIGHT from WRONG?

    i think there is a better than average chance you will be convicted, and there go your gun rights and voting rights (of which the voting rights can be restored after you are done with your time).  but MAYBE the PTSD angle can be argued as far as length of sentence.  if you are looking at PRISON, that must have been one heck of a crime. 

  • 9 months ago

    Actually, PTSD amongst many mental disorders would qualify for the verdict of "not guilty by reason of insanity." However, this does not mean that they will be let out on the streets. They will be placed into a mental facility for rehabilitation, as opposed to being placed into a prison for punishment.

    Source(s): Forensic Behavioral Sciences Major.
  • 9 months ago

    Absolutely not. 

    Your mental issues, caused by whatever,   gives you no right to beat the crap out of your wife or girlfriend. 

    Actions have consequences. 

  • Anonymous
    9 months ago

    No.  Unless you are going to allow the same consideration for all sob stories.

    What about the child who was molested as youth who now beats his wife 

  • Anonymous
    9 months ago

    No! because then more crimes would be committed because veterans would know they'd be able to get away with it.

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