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Southern California Mental Health Disability Rights Lawyer

Protection for the Mentally Disabled

According to the definition of insanity, there is no clear, one-size-fits-all way to describe or identify the mentally incapacitated. However, it is quite clear that those who suffer from long-term mental illness, as well as temporary bouts of insanity are entitled to legal rights and protection. That being said, it is vitally important that the mental health disability rights of patients and defendants alike be adhered to at all times. In order to ensure that this is the case, aligning yours elf with a knowledgeable criminal defense lawyer could prove to be quite beneficial to the outcome of your case.

Precedents such as the M'Naghten Rule were set hundreds of years ago , and they still exist today to help regulate fair and equal treatment of mentally impaired persons who have been criminally accused. Whether or not a case makes it to the mental health courts, having an attorney on your side could provide you with the legal support and guidance you need as you journey through the legal processes established to govern criminal cases. Therefore, aligning yourself with a Southern California mental health attorney as soon as possible after charges have been made against you will better enhance your chances of a positive case outcome.

Southern California Attorney for the Rights of the Mentally Impaired

When it comes to issues of abuse and neglect, the lawyers at Lessem & Newstat are ready and willing to fight for the rights of the mentally ill.. Particularly in the area of criminal defense, the rights of the mentallyill can easily be over looked. However, this should never be the case and we have formed our professional careers around the belief that fair and equal treatment be given to all criminal and mental health cases. A plea of not guilty by reason of insanity is one that is quite rare. As such, it may be easy to overlook certain legal rights set forth to govern and protect the defendants involved in this type of case. Therefore, we have educated ourselves on all mental health disability rights laws that pertain to the defense of our clients, and we are ready to put our skills and knowledge to work for you.

After a restoration of sanity has been established and a defendant's civil commitment is ceased, it will be important for an attorney from our firm to ensure that release back into the community is handled appropriately. Furthermore, for those who are unable to obtain release and must remain under Murphy Conservatorship, a lawyer from our law offices should be contacted to help ensure that no rights or freedoms are compromised during the civil commitment process. The rights of the mentally ill were established for a reason, and that reason was to provide legal protection to those who may be mentally incapable of protecting themselves. However, this can only be done when the statues and codes regulating criminal and mental health issues are both assessed and attended to by an attorney who knows what to look for. Unless your lawyer is ready to go to court on behalf of addressing the issues concerning your case, there is no guarantee that you are any better off than you were prior to obtaining legal defense. We have taken the necessary steps to ensure that prosecuting attorneys are always aware of our firm's readiness and willingness to take the cases we defend all the way to trial. Under no circumstances will we allow our clients to go undefended in the court of law.

We have obtained successful dismissal of hundreds of court cases, and yours could be next. Contact a Southern California mental health disability rights lawyer from our firm today.


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Ventura, CA 93003

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