Mental Health Law in Santa Monica
Santa Monica Criminal Defense Attorney
People with mental health issues can easily become victims of the criminal justice system. They are often locked up in jail and treatment facilities because their condition is not understood. This makes them extremely vulnerable to arrests and other forms of law enforcement actions that are often a violation of their rights. Lessem & Newstat is a knowledgeable and experienced firm dedicated to the defense of individuals with a mental illness. A Santa Monica criminal defense lawyer at our office can answer any questions you have about mental health law, and provide effective representation if you or a loved one suffer from a mental health condition and have been charged with a crime. Our firm is highly respected by many professional groups for our legal abilities, and has received the highest rating possible from Martindale-Hubbell. Attorney Joshua Newstat is president of the Ventura County Criminal Defense Bar Association and has devoted his career to helping the persecuted.
Attorney Jeremy Lessen is a seasoned litigator and skilled negotiator that will fight for the justice that you deserve.
Many times a person that is psychotic, demonstrating manic behavior or using prescribed antipsychotic medication will be unjustly accused of offenses involving intoxication and substance abuse. Law enforcement may even consider their behavior dangerous to others and act accordingly when they are no threat at all. Our firm will aggressively protect your rights and relentlessly pursue a case dismissal if you have been charged with a criminal offense. We will also seek sentencing alternatives and other solutions that will more effectively address your legal situation.