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At the firm, we are constantly striving to become better and more knowledgeable criminal defense attorneys. That's why Jeremy Lessem, one of our attorneys, is certified by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization – a distinction held by less than one percent of lawyers practicing criminal law in California. Individuals who suffer from mental health issues such as insanity sometimes need a criminal defense attorney just as much as they need a psychiatric physician. However, it is not always easy to obtain the legal support needed for defendant's who suffer from mental illness, particularly considering the fact that sanity hearings and mental health court proceedings are different than the standard procedures of a normal trial case. This means that the legal professional with whom you choose to work should display a thorough knowledge of issues specifically related to mental health offenders; issues such as the pre-filing of cases, the means used to prove that restoration to sanity has been achieved, and the defense tactics used in an NGI plea.

At Lessem & Newstat, LLP we understand that these qualities are rare and sometimes very difficult to find when looking for an attorney that can represent your case. Therefore, each Southern California mental health lawyer at our firm has dedicated years of practice to exploring the depths of the mental health field as it pertains to the criminal justice system. Whether you are seeking more information about the history of M'Naghten Rule or you want to learn about the conditions of a Murphy Conservatorship, we are ready to help. We know that understanding the totality of what happens at a sanity hearing and how it could affect your placement in a treament vs. jail of another sort is a complex process that is not easy to understand at first. The definition of insanity will be applied slightly differently for each specific case, so a sexually violent predator may be dealt with in a different way than someone who suffers from schizophrenia. No matter what the conditions of your case may be, we have the skills and know-how to defend you against your charges.

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There is no way to predict what could occur when an individual suffers from temporary insanity or long-term mental incapacitation. In many cases, the criminal actions taken by a mentally impaired person cannot be tried in the same way as they would be for a mentally sound individual. No law firm understands this better than the team at Lessem & Newstat, LLP. We know how serious the allegations made against a mentally ill person can be. If not appropriately represented by an attorney who understands both the criminal and mental fields of the legal system, the outcome of a defendant's case and their entire future could be at stake.

In order to best serve those in need of the mental and criminal services offered at our firm, we have extended our practice to areas throughout Southern California, including:

Don't wait to get the legal help you need and deserve. Contact a Southern California mental health attorney today.


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3450 Cahuenga Blvd, Unit 102
Los Angeles, CA 90068

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

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