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Criminal Defense and Mental Health

An arrest and criminal allegation is enough to leave anyone scared, confused, unsure, and a number of other overwhelming emotions. What's worse is that these emotions could create a circumstance of mental debilitation - one that may have already existed but has since been intensified in light of recent circumstances. When you are unable to move forward with your case it can lead to serious negative repercussions, especially considering the fact that a conviction could lie in wait for any individual without adequate representation. Therefore, ensuring that you have a Southern California mental health attorney by your side is essential to the outcome of your case.

At Lessem & Newstat, LLP our team of lawyers has been AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell as preeminent, the highest possible rating, and we are skilled in all matters of mental health and criminal defense. When it comes to handling claims of a criminal nature, attending to one's mental capacity could make a world of difference in how your case plays out. Therefore, having an attorney who understands the definition of insanity, as well as what it means to plead not guilty by insanity (NGI) could greatly improve your chances of a dismissed or reduced case. Sexually violent predators may be viewed differently when tried in a sanity hearing in a mental health court as opposed to a normal trial hearing at a state or local court. For this reason, it is important to find an attorney that can help you attend to any type of mental health issue that may arise during your criminal trial.

Experienced Southern California Mental Health Lawyer

No words can appropriately describe how life saving an attorney can be to the issues that may arise during a mental health criminal case. Whether you have been accused of a crime and you are now in need of legal defense to represent your case at the Ventura Mental Health Court or Department 95, or you would like to learn more about Murphy Conservatorships, restoration of sanity, or mental health disability rights, we are here for you. We have dedicated over 50 years of combined experience to defending the rights of the criminally accused, particularly as they pertain to claims of mental health. As such, we can provide you with information concerning crisis consultations, treatment vs. jail, the history of the M'Naghten Rule, and even the pre-filing mental health cases.

Our team has successfully taken over 200 cases to trialand achieved numerous successfulresults. Dedicated to obtaining the best possible outcome for each and every one of our clients, we are ready to apply our legal skills and know-how to even the most difficult of cases. Whether your case goes before a jury trial or it can be handled out of court, there is nothing in the way of stopping us from effectively defending your case. We have successfully achieved hundreds of dismissals and there is nothing stopping us from working to do the same for you.

State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization

One of our attorneys, Jeremy Lessem, is certified by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization. This distinction is held by less than one percent of attorneys practicing criminal law in California. Mr. Lessem is committed to becoming a high-quality legal advocate and as such, he constantly strives to become more knowledgeable, experienced and educated in his field of expertise. Mental health cases can become extremely complicated.

According to the Board of Legal Specialization, having a certified criminal law specialist on your side during a complicated case is extremely valuable. If you or a loved one has been accused, you want someone fighting for you who knows the ins and outs of criminal law. You want someone like Mr. Lessem fighting for you. His achievement is a reflection of his personal dedication to become a top-notch legal representative and the firm's devotion to high-quality legal advocacy.

Areas We Proudly Serve

In order to ensure that residents throughout Southern California have access to effective and aggressive legal representation, we have made ourselves available to several counties throughout the southern part of the state. Included in the areas we serve are Los Angeles, Orange County, San Fernando Valley, Santa Barbara, Van Nuys, and Ventura. Wherever you are in Southern California, we canhelp. Our legal skills ca n be put to work on your behalf; all you have to do is call our offices to learn more.

Schedule a free consultation with an associate from our firm to learn more about how we can help. Contact a Southern California mental health attorney today.


Los Angeles Office
3450 Cahuenga Blvd, Unit 102
Los Angeles, CA 90068

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

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