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San Fernando Valley Mental Health Defense Lawyer

Mental Health Defense in Southern California

Anyone charged with a crime in Southern California can likely identify with the feelings of fear and insecurity that accompany the thought of being convicted of a crime. However, far fewer people can relate to the confusion, stress, and upset which often go along with the arrest of a mentally ill individual whose mental illness led them to actions of a criminal nature. individuals who suffer from mental illness are just as in need of strong criminal defense methods to protect their future livelihood and wellbeing. In fact, they are sometimes even more in need of these skills as their mental health may be put at risk during a term of imprisonment or other legal consequence.

Taking a look at the history of the M'Naghten Rule and how it has shaped the definition of insanity will show how strongly we need separate mental health courts, sanity hearings, Murphy Conservatorships, and crisis consultations for the mentally ill . Too often, the rights of the mentally disabled are not properly attended to by the court systems and its members. This is because there are very few legal professionals that actually possess the skills and knowledge required to adequately defend mentally ill individuals whose actions have turned them intocriminal defendants. Fortunately, this is not the case at Lessem & Newstat, LLP. In fact, just the opposite is true. At the firm, every San Fernando Valley mental health attorney has taken the time to learn about the crucial components of mental health cases relating to criminal offenses, and we are ready to take on all of the nuances of your case.

Contact an Aggressive San Fernando Valley Mental Health Attorney

For more than50 years, our team of lawyers has been legally assisting the criminally accused throughout Southern California, and this includes the mentally incapacitated who have been charged with any type of criminal action. Our clients need only look at our Avvo 10/10 rating and our A + rating from the Better Business Bureauto know that we have the skills, ethics and know-how necessary to defend you. We are prepared to take on cases involving sexually violent predators, declaration of a restoration of sanity, and even the pre-filing of mental health cases.

When it comes to protecting yourself against the allegations set before you, it is understandable that you might feel as if no defense tactic is too bold or daring to try. However, not all attorneys will feel similarly, and this could dramatically affect the way your case will ultimately play out. Fortunately, you can rely on the team at Lessem & Newstat to be on the same page as you. Our 50+ years of combined courtroom experience have taught us that some of the best results come from a clear display that we are ready and willing to take your case to trial. Therefore, you can rest assured that everything possible will be done on your behalf to obtain a desirable case outcome that focuses on treatment in a treatment vs. jail, or even a dropped or reduced sentence.

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We can help you protect yourself in or out of the courtroom. Contact a San Fernando Valley mental health lawyer from our law offices today.


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Los Angeles, CA 90068

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Ventura, CA 93003

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