MENTAL ILLNESS, ALCOHOL and DRUG ADDICTION
Studies have repeatedly demonstrated that a majority of individuals facing criminal problems are simultaneously confronting mental health or substance abuse challenges of one kind or another, and are likely to benefit from some form of guidance or intervention.
Appropriately, the criminal justice system has developed wide latitude for diverting, delaying, or reducing punishment for individuals who show a commitment to correcting a documented problem.
The responsibilities of an effective criminal lawyer include identifying and clarifying these types of problems with their clients, and helping them source the best available professionals and facilities. Good advocacy in a criminal case often goes hand in hand with effective advocacy for the client in the health care or rehabilitative setting.
Very often, a law firm’s ability to help a client focus on a need of this type, and assist in getting access to meaningful care is the most important part of the relationship. Of equal importance, this type of assistance is usually key to achieving a successful result in the case, and making a difference over the longer term.