Exploring Mental Health Defenses As A Strategy

Mental health issues often come into play in criminal defense cases. Mental health issues in criminal cases may include alleged:

  • Insanity
  • Diminished capacity
  • Mental retardation

Examples Of Mental Health Defenses or Mental Health Mitigation

A variety of mental illnesses affect many defendants in criminal cases, but they may or may not meet the definition of insanity. These mental illnesses include:

  • Schizophrenia
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Schizo-affective disorder
  • Anxiety disorder
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Depression

Unless these illnesses cause the person to not know the difference between right and wrong, they will not rise to the level of an insanity defense. Nonetheless, demonstrating that someone was suffering from such a condition at the time of a crime may help a skilled defense attorney argue for leniency. The criminal law specialists at Ball & Hase, know when to consult with mental health professionals and to obtain mental health histories and records to mount the best mental health based defense. A prosecutor may be persuaded to allow someone with a mental illness take part in an appropriate diversion program rather than go to jail or a long difficult probation.

Was Mental Illness A Factor In The Circumstances Leading To Your Arrest On Suspicion Of A Criminal Offense? Contact A Tarrant County, Texas, Defense Attorney

At Ball & Hase in Arlington, our lawyers have often turned to expert witnesses such as psychiatrists, psychologists and neuropsychologists to help us prepare compelling defense cases on behalf of clients accused of crimes such as assault, theft or homicide. We are prepared to explore this possibility in your case if warranted. Call 817-412-7449 or send an email inquiry to schedule a consultation.