(1) At the first appearance of a defendant in court or upon arraignment, whichever
is first in time, the court shall ascertain whether the defendant is serving in the
United States armed forces or is a veteran of such forces. The court shall inform any such defendant that the defendant may be entitled to
receive mental health treatment, substance use disorder treatment, or other services
as a veteran. If the jurisdiction does not have a veterans treatment court, the court shall inform
the defendant of the possibility of petitioning to transfer probation supervision
after a plea or sentence in a case to a jurisdiction with a veterans treatment court
pursuant to section 18-1.3-202.5.
(2) The court shall not accept a plea of guilty or nolo contendere without first determining
whether the defendant is serving in the United States armed forces or is a veteran
of such forces and, if so, informing the defendant as described in subsection (1)
of this section.
(3) This section applies to, but is not limited to, prosecutions for violations of
municipal charters and prosecutions for violations of municipal ordinances, except
for traffic infractions for which the penalty is only a fine and arrest is prohibited.
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