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Charged with a crime?

Californiacan have extremely serious criminal penalties.. However, law makers and enforcers sometimes fail to take into account the fact that circumstances are individualized and cannot always be tried and punished in the same way. One of the greatest examples of this is that of mentally ill persons who are arrested and charged with a criminal offense. Often times, rather than being given treatment in the mental health courts or withheld treatment due to the results of a sanity hearing, some individuals may be misrepresented by a criminal defense lawyer without the expereienceto deal with the mental health issues at hand. When possible criminal behavior of a defendant stem s from mental illness, they should only be represented by a Southern California mental health lawyer who clearly knows how to address the legal matters in a way that will simultaneously attend to the defendant's fragile mental state.

Clearly defining insanity and adhering to the precedents set forth by the M'Naghten Rule are crucial steps in the legal proceedings involved when a mentally impaired person faces criminal charges. By establishing a defendant's mental instability it couldbe much easier to plead not guilty by reason of insanity. However, these measures can only be taken if the right defense attorney is obtained - one who can confidently represent your case while protecting the mental health disability rights established to protect your needs and best interests. If you or a loved one has been charged with a crime, it is imperative that your find a high-quality criminal defense attorney to help you keep your record clean and stay out of jail. One of our attorneys, Jeremy Lessem, is certified by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization. Less than one percent of attorneys practicing criminal law in California have achieved this. If you've been accused, you want a lawyer from our firm fighting for you.

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No matter what type of charge for which you have been arrested, from sexually violent predator accusations to burglary, we know what it takes to favorably represent your case in court. More than 50 years of combined criminal defense practice skills can be found at Lessem & Newstat, LLP, From the pre-filing of a case all the way through to a final hearing in which restoration of sanity is determined, we will be alongside our clients at every step of the way. We proudly serve areas throughout Southern California, including Los Angeles, Orange County, San Fernando Valley, Santa Barbara, Van Nuys, and Ventura.

From cases involving Murphy Conservatorships to crisis consultations, we will be there to put our skills to work on behalf of your defense.It is always our ultimate goal to see to it that you case is dropped, reduced, or given an appropriate sentencing such as stay in a treatment vs. jail of another sort. We work under the philosophy that optimal results will be achieved when the prosecuting attorneys know that we are ready to go to trial on behalf of our clients. Therefore, you can expect to see our complete willingness and aggressiveness when it comes to taking any and all defense tactics necessary to successfully put your case to rest.


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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