Pursuing A Defense Through An Insanity Plea
Florida recognizes the insanity defense. It is one of the most controversial defenses, though, and is rarely used. However, at the Finkelstein Firm, P.A., in Clearwater, I have had success asserting the insanity defense, obtaining not guilty by reason of insanity verdicts for individuals.
Developing A Strong Defense Strategy
Because the insanity defense is rarely used, many attorneys do not have the skills or experience necessary to defend these types of cases. My name is Jenna Finkelstein, and I am a highly trained lawyer in the area of mental illnesses. I fully understand how having a mental illness can shed light on an individual’s criminal behavior. I know which experts to hire and how to speak their language, which is crucial in securing a successful insanity defense.
Taking A Case To Trial Vs. Holding Negotiations
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.
Does A Successful Insanity Plea Avoid Jail Time?
Yes. However, if you or someone you know is successful in asserting the insanity defense, then it is highly likely that a treatment regimen will follow. There is a possibility that the state hospital may be part of that treatment regimen. The length of treatment and the conditions that are placed on an individual 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 that the person is not violating conditions of release.
Meet With An Experienced Insanity Defense Attorney
Do not be afraid to ask prospective lawyers about their experience in handling insanity cases. The law is very detail-specific when it comes to mental illnesses. After having a lengthy discussion with them about whether the insanity defense is your best option, you should put your trust in an attorney who has worked with these types of cases before.
At Finkelstein Firm, P.A., I will provide you with a free case consultation. I will advise you regarding whether the insanity defense should be considered in your case and, if so, what treatment regimen will be likely, should your insanity defense be successful. Call my office at 727-202-4418 or email me here for your free initial consultation.