Competency

Your client may require an evaluation to determine if he/she is competent to stand trial, waive Miranda, plead guilty, confess or function adequately in the legal system. A forensic evaluation can determine if the defendant is able to cooperate with counsel, assist in his own defense as well as make informed decisions about legal choices.People with mental disabilities may not be able to understand or participate in the legal process and have often falsely confessed because they are tempted to accommodate and agree with authority figures. In addition, many law enforcement interrogators are not given any special training on questioning suspects with mental disabilities. An impaired mental state due to mental illness, drugs or alcohol may also elicit false admissions of guilt.