Mental Illness and the Criminal Law

By February 25, 2015 February 26th, 2015 Criminal Defense Detroit MI

Best_DUI_Defense_AttorneyMental illness is one of the leading causes of poverty, crime and homelessness in the United States. According to the National Alliance of Mental Illness, 1 in 4 adult American’s suffer from some sort of diagnosable mental illness.  Further 1 in 17 live with a serious mental illness such as schizophrenia, major depression or bipolar disorder.   About 9.2 million adults have mental health and additional disorders.  Approximately 20 percent of state prisoners and 21 percent of local jail prisoners have a recent history of mental illness.  Lastly, 70 percent of youth in the juvenile justice systems have at least one mental health condition and at least 20 percent live with a severe mental illness.  Serious mental illness costs the United States $193.2 billion dollars in lost earnings per year.  These statistics are shocking.

If you, or someone you know, suffers from mental illness you know the pain and suffering it causes. You also know about mental illness and the connection to the commission of crimes.  You only need to visit a courtroom on a criminal docket day to see how prevalent mental illness is.

Michigan criminal lawyers who can defend clients with mental illness

A person facing a criminal charge and also is dealing with a mental illness needs a compassionate attorney that understands the pain and anxiety that both situations cause.  Michigan criminal lawyers not only need to be experienced in handling both the defense of the criminal charge, but to make sure that the mental illness is properly dealt with too.  The attorneys at Lewis & Dickstein, P.L.L.C. have extensive experience in these situations.  Our attorneys have access to the necessary experts and materials to provide the best possible defense.  Lewis & Dickstein, P.L.L.C. have the compassion and understanding to properly protect a person with a mental illness, while being aggressive and tough in protecting them from a criminal charge.  It is important to have both understanding and toughness.  Lewis & Dickstein, P.L.L.C. have the respect, reputation and decades of experience to handle your matter.  Our firm is the “go to” Michigan criminal lawyers if you are in trouble.  Call us at (248) 263-6800 for a free consultation.