Crime and Mental Illness
The psychological state of an accused person can be a significant factor in a criminal case. The presence of a mental illness may negate the element of "intent" regarding the commission of a crime and be an important consideration in defending against the charges. During the sentencing phase of a case, the mental state of the defendant can significantly mitigate an outcome, or open up the possibility of treatment at a mental health institution rather than a lengthy prison sentence.
Steve Weiss understands the role that mental health issues can have in the defense of criminal cases, he has a reputation for effectively employing his skills in this area on behalf of his clients to obtain favorable verdicts and settlements.
In addition to considering mental health issues as part of a general criminal defense strategy, Steve Weiss also represents clients in matters involving:
- Restoration of sanity hearings
- Extension of sanity petitions
- Sexually violent predator allegations
Contact Steve Weiss, Attorney at Law, for a free consultation.
"The serious practice of criminal law requires the ability to recognize when mental health issues are a factor in a case and the ability to effectively utilize those aspects of the case to your client's benefit. I am recognized throughout Sonoma County for my ability to do exactly that". — Steve Weiss
Getting Professional Help
Steve Weiss has helped many clients with mental health issues get the medical treatment, counseling and services they need. In addition to counseling and medications, this can in some cases, include help with housing and employment needs, as well as chemical dependency treatment.
Free Consultation With a Lawyer
Contact Steve Weiss in Santa Rosa, California, for a free consultation.