The insanity defense can be difficult to mount successfully; juries are skeptical of the defense and often assume that defendants insanity defense plea is just a way to avoid responsibility for their actions. Most people do not know that an insanity plea can be negotiated with the prosecuting authority. Hiring good experts, organizing the defense in a clear and consistent manner and having a comprehensive treatment plan can lead to a negotiated resolution without the need to proceed to trial.
Cases where the defense is pursuing the insanity defense often receive a great deal of media attention. This can cause added pressure for the prosecution and even with compelling evidence, they may be willing to consider negotiating a plea agreement. A good defense attorney is aware of the challenges associated with mounting an insanity defense, knows that negotiating with prosecutors or challenging the validity of physical evidence would better serve their clients.
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Yes. However, if you or someone you know is successful in asserting the insanity defense, it is highly likely that a medical treatment regimen will follow. There is a possibility that the State Hospital may be part of that mental health regimen. The length of treatment and the conditions that are placed on an individual who has won an insanity defense are usually determined based on the severity of the mental illness, the likelihood that the person will respond to treatment, and whether the individual is a danger to society. A judge can assert jurisdiction over a person for years to ensure the person is not violating conditions of release.
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It is much more beneficial to get an experienced attorney involved early on in an insanity defense case.
As soon as possible. It is much more beneficial to get an experienced attorney involved early on in an insanity defense. A conviction can have serious consequences for your life, now and in the future. With criminal defense, even in small cases, you need a lawyer. Your case matters and you should get the best legal advice you can. Often times, information can be submitted to the prosecution that was not previously given during the investigation and negotiations can begin.
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