Mental Health Defense Attorney in Milwaukee
Mental health defense in criminal cases
When it comes to criminal activity, such as drug addiction, people tend to assume the addiction is the root cause of the problem behavior. They believe if we eliminate the addiction, we eliminate the problem. So, it’s no surprise that most AODA-type treatment programs focus solely on treating the addiction. But what if the behavior is actually a symptom of something else?
Often what drives an addiction goes unrecognized, undiagnosed or untreated, especially in the criminal justice system. Whenever a person facing criminal charges has had prior, unsuccessful AODA-based treatments tells us there may be something more going on, something more driving the addiction. For those with underlying mental health conditions, it has been proven that the more effective treatment approach is “dual diagnosis” treatment.
Dual diagnosis is a term used to describe when a person has both a drug addiction and at least one other mental health condition. What makes dual diagnosis treatment so effective is not just that it treats both the addiction and the co-occurring mental health conditions, but that it does so in an integrated fashion. This means patients receive medication and psychiatric therapies simultaneously—at the same site, by the same treatment team.
Defense Attorney Sydne French has a background in clinical psychology. She knows the ins and outs of the mental health evaluation process better than any defense lawyer in Milwaukee. Whether you’re facing a misdemeanor or a felony charge, contact her today for a free legal consultation to get started.
Don’t get lost fighting the system on your own. Contact Sydne French for the defense you need to prove your innocence.
Different charges require different legal defense
Getting charged with a criminal offense when you suffer a learning disorder requires a well formulated argument by an experienced attorney. The court is not always as lenient on special circumstances as they should be.
Using a mental illness or learning disorder defense argument is harder than it seems. That’s why Attorney French provides special tactics when it comes to your defense case, including cases involving: