Criminal Defendants With Special Needs
People incur criminal charges for many different reasons. Statistics show that many State and Federal criminal defendants and prison inmates have drug or alcohol problems, or other mental health issues. These people are "in the system" because their criminal conduct was motivated, either in whole or at least in part, by their substance abuse or metal health problem.
In recent years, criminal justice and corrections officials have finally started to realize that these defendants and their cases must be handled differently. Thus, there are a growing number of "diversionary" programs now available for these individuals. Eligible defendants have their cases "diverted" away from the regular criminal court into a specialized court designed to address their unique needs. Successful defendants receive needed services, and may avoid prison time.
Further, even if the defendant is not eligible for a diversionary program, it still may be possible to use their addiction or mental health problem to achieve a more positive result in their matter. Regardless of the nature or severity of the underlying criminal charge(s), these defendants should be represented by an attorney who understands their unique situation and how it can be used to improve the outcome of their case.
New Jersey criminal defense attorney James S. Friedman represents many defendants with substance abuse and mental health issues. Follow these links to learn more about the services Mr. Friedman provides in these cases:
- Mental Health and Criminal Charges
- Drug or Alcohol Addiction and Criminal Charges
- Sex Offenders & Relocation
If you or a member of your family has criminal charges stemming from an addiction or mental health problem, call attorney James S. Friedman at 800-361-6554 (toll free) or contact us online with any questions and to schedule a consultation.