Criminal Responsibility-Insanity Defense


You may wish your client to be evaluated for ability to form specific intent and diminished responsibility, such as the insanity defense.
 Sophisticated psychological testing is used to evaluate the presence of any psychological disorder, psychopathy, or personality characteristics that may have mediated rational decision making or interfered with judgment or perception.A comprehensive evaluation of the defendant’s mental state at the time of the offense can inform trial strategy and provide the judge or jury with critical information regarding legal responsibility.  The evaluation would examine such issues as provocation, extreme mental or emotional disturbance, voluntary or involuntary intoxication, imperfect self-defense and duress.