Originally Posted by berserker19
When I get convicted of armed robbery and i'm in front of the the judge for sentencing, i'm going to ask for 5 years "time served" credit for my time in the Army.
Judges usually do take veteran status into account at sentencing. In many places they even have "veterans court" where potential sentences are lower than in regular criminal court for the same crimes, though crimes with mandatory sentencing guidelines like murder or DUI are usually ineligible for veterans court.
Last time I stood in front of a judge I'm pretty sure being a former Marine got me a sweeter deal. In my case, I guess I would call getting my sentence reduced by about twenty five percent a veterans discount.