Forsyth County Assistant District Attorney Harold Eustache Jr. (JD ’14) assigned to county’s new veterans treatment court

Photo of Harold Eustache, Jr. in military uniform

Photo courtesy of Harold Eustache, Jr. (JD '14)

Harold Eustache Jr. (JD ’14), assistant Forsyth County district attorney, has been assigned to the county’s new veterans treatment court which opens later this month.  Eustache will work with Casey Shillito, an assistant public defender. Both men are military veterans.

The court will provide veteran defendants treatment for mental illness and substance abuse, as well as allow prosecutors to then dismiss veterans’ criminal charges upon successful treatment implementation. It will be the fourth veterans treatment court in the state of North Carolina, the first of which was established in Harnett County in 2012.

According to a Winston-Salem Journal article, published by Michael Hewlett, the court’s operations are similar to those of Forsyth County’s Adult Drug Court and Mental-Health Courts, established in 2012.  Forsyth District Judge David Sipprell will preside over the new veterans-specific court.

Eustache was a U.S. Army team leader in the Pathfinder Company of the 101st Airborne Division. During his nearly six years of service, Eustache was deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan, participating in over 300 combat missions, many of which he planned and led.  He was awarded the Combat Infantryman’s Badge and the Army Commendation Medal.

While at Wake Forest Law, Eustache clerked for Greensboro’s Judge Ewdin Wilson, Jr.  He also was a Martin Luther King Jr. intern for Legal Aid of North Carolina and a clinical intern in the United States Attorney’s Office of the Middle District of North Carolina.

Eustache served as Assistant District Attorney of Rockingham County from 2015 to 2016 and assumed the position in Forsyth County in 2016.