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Southern California Mental Health Attorney

Lessem & Newstat, LLP is a full service law firm comprised of a team with more than 50 years of combined courtroom experience. From defense of the criminally accused to representation of the mentally impaired, and even a combination of the two, a Southern California mental health lawyer from the firm is more than prepared to take on the unique aspects of your case.

Mental health cases can be very complicated. According to the State Bar of California Bard of Legal Specialization, having a criminal defense specialist representing you in a complicated case is important. Jeremy Lessem, one of our attorneys, is certified by the Board of Legal Specialization in criminal law. If you're facing a criminal allegation, you want a lawyer like Mr. Lessem fighting for your rights in court.

Practice Areas

We pride ourselves on providing upstanding, unmatchable defense services to our clients. As such, we have taken the extra steps necessary to ensure that legal defense for a wide range of civil matters can be found at our firm. In order to give you a better understanding of the services we have to offer and the areas of defense in which we can help, click on any of the link descriptions listed below. Also, keep in mind that this list is not comprehensive and in no way reflects the totality of our legal offerings. If you cannot find what you are looking for below, don't hesitate to contact an attorney at our offices. More than likely, we will still be able to help in some way.A mental health defense attorney from our firm can assist you with the following:

Criminal Defense
Whether or not your arrest was the result of any type of mental impairment, an attorney from our firm can help. Combined, we have more than 50 years of courtroom experience in which defense of the criminally accused is our number one priority. Read more about criminal defense...

Definition of Insanity
Before your case is taken to the courts it will be important to determine whether or not your mental health played a part in the actions for which you are now being charged. Having a firm understanding of the definition of insanity and how it does or does not pertain to your case could dramatically affect the way in which your hearing proceeds. Read more about the definition of insanity...

History of the M'Naghten Rule
Since the 1800s, sanity (and questions of insanity) have come into play when it comes to allegations of a criminal offense. In fact, the M'Naghten case was integral in the establishment of the rules and criteria that are still used today to determine a person's mental health and wellbeing as they relate to their criminal behaviors. Read more about the history of the M'Naghten Rule ...

NGI
Pleading not guilty by reason of insanity can only be done if it can be determined that a defendant's mental incapacitation was at play during the time that the criminal behavior was committed. However, NGI is rarely used in the U.S. and should only be done so with the help of an attorney skilled in mental health defense. Read more about NGI...

Sexually Violent Predators
An individual who is charged as a sexually violent predator will be sentenced to no less than two years of commitment spent in a state mandated mental facility. This is based upon a court judge's determination that the mental disorder which added to the cause of the defendant's sexual offense is still at play. Read more about sexually violent predators...

Pre-filing Mental Health
The earlier you can obtain a defense attorney for your case the better. This is particularly true for cases in which a lawyer is hired prior to charges being pressed. Hiring the right lawyer as soon as possible could proactively work to prevent a future arrest and/or term of imprisonment, a step especially crucial to the wellbeing of mentally ill patients who could otherwise suffer from mistreatment or inadequate representation. Read more about pre-filing mental health ...

Crisis Consultations
At the time of any mental disturbance and/or criminal behavior of a loved one it is absolutely vital that you call 9-1-1 immediately. The next best step that you can take for yourself and your loved one is to seek the crisis consultation skills of a mental health attorney. With the right defense on your side, a lawyer can help you attend to crises such as finding the right doctor, establishing custody, and anything else with which you may require assistance. Read more about crisis consultations...

Sanity Hearings
An accused defendant must be deemed mentally capable of appearing before a judge and jury before any formal hearing can officially be brought underway. Sanity hearings are used to assess a person's mental capacity, and hence their ability to attend their court dates. If an individual is deemed insane or mentally impaired during their sanity hearing, then the court hearing will be postponed to a later date. Read more about sanity hearings...

Restoration of Sanity
Prior to being released from a step-down program in which your hospitalized commitment is deemed complete, you will be required to prove your restoration of sanity in court. Having a defense lawyer by your side at this time will be an integral part of the process and could better help you adequately establish your return of sound mind. Read more about restoration of sanity...

Murphy Conservatorships
Murphy Conservatorships will be put in place for individuals that are deemed mentally incapable of withstanding trial for their criminal offense. Under the conditions set for by a Murphy Conservatorship, mentally incapacitated defendants must remain under civil commitment until it can be proven that they are no longer incompetent or dangerous. Read more about Murphy Conservatorships...

Mental Health Disability Rights
No matter what the conditions of your case may be it is important to remember that the mental health disability rights established to protect you should never be compromised. Therefore, finding a defense lawyer on whom you can rely to protect your rights in the court of law is essential to your overall wellbeing. Read more about mental health disability rights...

Treament vs. Jail
For individuals who suffer from mental health issues, the punishments inflicted on standard criminal offenders are often insufficient to treat the severity of the problem. Instead, confinement to a mental hospital is usually a better way to address the issue. This will avoid sentencing a defendant to prison time or some other type of criminal offense consequence for which they are mentally unprepared to handle. Read more about treatment vs. jail...

Mental Health Courts
The standard operating procedures of Southern California's mental health courts does not reflect that of typical state and federal court rulings. Therefore, it is vital that you align yourself with a defense lawyer who can confidently represent you in the mental health court system and ensure that your legal rights and overall wellbeing are always protected. Some of the courts in which we frequently practice are Department 95 in Los Angeles and the Ventura Mental Health Court. Read more about mental health courts...

At the firm, we have a passion for protecting the rights of those accused in Southern California. That being said, we have worked hard to ensure that residents throughout the southern part of the state are provided with the best mental health defense services available. We serve areas throughout Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, Ventura, Van Nuys, Orange County, and the San Fernando Valley.

The legal help you need and deserve can be found at Lessem & Newstat, LLP. Contact a Southern California mental health attorney today to learn more.

800-295-1054

Los Angeles Office
4515 Sherman Oaks Ave.
Sherman Oaks, CA 91403

Ventura Office
770 County Square Drive
Suite 103
Ventura, CA 93003

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