The criminal justice system often fails in handling matters related to individuals suffering from mental health related issues. People with mental health conditions that caught up in the justice system need to be treated differently that standard criminal cases.
They need to be assessed by a mental health professional, a treatment plan needs to be developed and the role their mental health related conditions played in the alleged crime needs to be determined. These are highly complex and specialized issues.
Assault Mental Health Diversion for 6 Months
Client was at risk of a sentence of 9-14 years. Client pled guilty and received 6 months in a mental health facility. No jail.
Multiple Robberies Attended Out-Patient Program
Client was able to attend the out-patient program while living at home. No jail.
Battery Out-Patient Mental Health Treatment
Client was granted probation with out-patient mental health treatment.
Attempted Murder Residential Treatment Facility & No Jail
Client was given probation and sentenced to a residential treatment facility with no additional jail time.
Arson Residential Treatment Facility
Client was sentenced to probation and a residential treatment program.
Misdemeanor Vandalism 20 Days Community Labor
Client pled to one misdemeanor vandalism charge and received 20 days community labor, to be completed over the course of two years.
Stabbing in the Neck Not Guilty by Reason of Insanity
Client received a verdict of not guilty by reason of insanity and went to a state hospital instead of going to prison. There was no conviction on his record.
Felony Vandalism of an Automobile Dismissed
Client’s case was dismissed after proof of out-patient mental health treatment.
Arson Residential Treatment Facility
Client was facing 6 years in state prison. Client was given probation and residential treatment.
Felony Evading & Resisting Arrest Ventura County Mental Health Court
Received treatment through the Ventura County mental health court with no custody time.
At Lessem, Newstat & Tooson, LLP, our team of mental health attorneys are skilled in all matters of mental health and criminal defense. When it comes to handling claims of a criminal nature, paying attention to mental health related issues can make a world of difference in how your case plays out.
Therefore, having an attorney who understands things such as the issues surrounding insanity, as well as what it means to plead not guilty by reason of insanity (NGI) can greatly improve your chances of a successful result.
Additionally, with strong connections to numerous psychologists, psychiatrists and mental health treatment facilities, the lawyers at Lessem, Newstat & Tooson are uniquely positioned to achieve the best possible results for criminal defendants with mental health related conditions.
Mental Health Cases We Handle
Areas in which we can help those with mental health related conditions include:
- Criminal cases with mental health issues
- 5250 Hearings
- Murphy Conservatorships
- LPS Conservatorships
- Restoration of Sanity
- Competency Issues
- Not guilty by reason of insanity (NGI)
- Mental Health Diversion
- Evaluation and placement into mental health treatment facilities
No words can appropriately describe how life saving a mental health attorney can be to the issues that may arise during a mental health criminal case. Whether you have been accused of a crime and you are now in need of legal defense to represent your case at the Ventura Mental Health Court or Department 95, or you would like to learn more about Murphy Conservatorships, restoration of sanity, or mental health disability rights, we are here for you. We can even help you decide if seeking mental health diversion would be right for your case. In many situations, it might not be the best option, so consulting with a lawyer first is advised.
We have dedicated over 50 years of combined experience to defending the rights of the criminally accused, particularly as they pertain to claims of mental health.
As such, we can provide you with information concerning:
- Crisis consultations
- Treatment vs. jail
- 5250 hearings
- And even pre-filing intervention of mental health cases
Mental health cases can be very complicated. According to the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization, having a criminal defense specialist representing you in a complicated case is important. Jeremy Lessem, one of our mental health attorneys, is certified by the Board of Legal Specialization in criminal law.
Put 50+ Years of Criminal Defense & Mental Health Experience on Your Side Today
If you're facing a criminal allegation, you want a lawyer like Mr. Lessem fighting for your rights in court. Our team has successfully taken over 200 cases to trial and achieved numerous successful results.
Dedicated to obtaining the best possible outcome for each and every one of our clients, we are ready to apply our legal skills and know-how to even the most difficult of cases. Whether your case goes to a jury trial or it gets resolved out of court, there is nothing stopping us from effectively defending your case.
Proudly Serving Southern California
At the firm, we have a passion for protecting the rights of those accused in Southern California. We have worked hard to ensure local residents are provided with professional mental health defense services.
We serve areas throughout:
- Los Angeles
- Santa Barbara
- Van Nuys
- Orange County
- And the San Fernando Valley
Wherever you are in Southern California, we can help. Our legal skills can be put to work on your behalf; all you have to do is call our offices to learn more.
1,000's of Cases Handled In & Out of Court
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