Sometimes the criminal law intersects with mental illness. It may be that you or your loved one has a condition which limits their ability to control and take responsibility for their actions. It may also be this same condition affects their ability to navigate the justice system and defend themselves from criminal charges. In cases such as these, recruiting professional legal help may be especially critical.
I assist people suffering from a range of conditions in their criminal defence. At all times I balance the need to protect their rights at law with the importance of maintaining and respecting their dignity. It is entirely possible to suggest that someone is not legally responsible for their actions while at the same time assert their human rights and reaffirm their autonomy. But at times everyone in the criminal justice system needs a reminder of this.
The court can order a variety of outcomes in relation to mental illness, and it is very important to consider what is best for the client. Some forms of treatment can be just as punitive as incarceration. And the justice system is increasingly dealing with treatment orders as though they were prison sentences. Maintaining the rights of those suffering from mental ailments has never been more important.