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If you have been charged with a crime, odds are that you are facing serious legal consequences if you are convicted of the allegations that have been made against you. Especially as they apply to the field of criminal offenses, California state laws reign down harsh on those found to be in violation of any state -instituted mandate s. For this reason, mental health patients who have been arrested will need more than just an aggressive criminal defense attorney. In addition, they will require the skills of a professional that is familiar with Southern California's mental health courts; one who can confidently stand before a judge and jury to help declare their client's restoration of sanity; or one who can pose a strong argument on behalf of the history of the M'Naghten Rule and how it applies to the definition of insanity, as well as to a plea of not guilty by reason of insanity. However, such qualities cannot be found at every law firm. In fact, many criminal defense lawyers will be unfamiliar with the terminology, legal proceedings, and overall approach of a mental health criminal case.

There may be fewer professionals to choose from when it comes to finding an attorney that can tackle your claims of questionable sanity; however, this does not mean that your choices are limited to unworthy or inadequate defenders. At Lessem & Newstat, LLP we have created a firm with thorough knowledge of criminal law as it pertains to the rights of mental health patients. With more than 50 years of combined experience in the field of criminal defense, there is little if anything that we have not seen or handled. This is even true when it comes to the more obscure field of mental health criminal defense. Whether you have been charged with a sexually violent predator accusation or you are looking for an attorney who can assist with pre-filing your case, a Van Nuys mental health lawyer from our firm is here to help.

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we have been rated by Martindale-Hubbell as preeminent , the highest possible rating. Additionally, the Better Business Bureau has awarded us with their highest possible rating, an A+. These are not boastful acknowledgements, but hard-earned accolades that our team has worked vigilantly to obtain. From crisis consultations to representation in the mental health courts, we have dedicated our professional careers to ensuring that we are able to meet as many needs of our clients as possible. This means that we have taken our skills and knowledge and put them to work in sanity hearings, defense of mental health disability rights, as well as fighting for stays in a treament vs. jail.

Our philosophy has always focused on the belief that the best results are obtained when prosecution knows that we are ready to go to trial on your behalf. Therefore, we eagerly demonstrate our defensive skills and our willingness to take your case all the way to the courtroom whenever we are representing you. From helping to establish a Murphy Conservatorship to representing a client's restoration of sanity, we are ready to take on every task set forth by those with whom we work. There is no telling what could arise after an arrest and allegations are made. Therefore, we are here to make sure that you are adequately prepared to deal with anything that may come your way.

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Los Angeles, CA 90068

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Ventura, CA 93003

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