Programs for Mentally Ill Offenders
A Tarrant County Criminal Defense Attorney Protecting the Rights of Mentally Ill Defendants
Mental illnesses and disorders can cause the people who suffer from them to act in an irrational, socially unacceptable, and sometimes criminal, manner. Unfortunately, the regular criminal justice system is ill-equipped to either protect the public from mentally ill defendants or to provide those same individuals with the added help they need to become law-abiding citizens.
In 2007, the state legislature attempted to change this dynamic, and to save itself the enormous costs of warehousing these individuals in jails or mental institutions at the same time, it created pilot programs for mentally ill offenders in the Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth and San Antonio areas of Texas.
These programs are designed to divert eligible mentally ill offenders from the traditional criminal justice process to appropriate community-based mental health treatment centers. Unfortunately, the program is only open to those defendants who have been determined by the court not to be a danger to others.
How We Can Help
At the Tarrant County law office of David E. Cook, we have been handling criminal law matters for people from all walks of life, including those who suffer from mental disorders, since 1995.
As a small firm, we can give you the time and attention you need, while providing meaningful legal guidance and exploring all appropriate options for resolving your case. These resolution options include alternatives to the normal criminal justice process that can help you or a loved one avoid walking away from this situation with a permanent criminal record.
Our lawyer, David E. Cook, knows how the pilot programs in Tarrant and Dallas counties work, and he has helped clients to successfully navigate the screening process and be allowed to participate in previous cases — which makes us confident in our ability to help you or your loved one as well.
Schedule a free, confidential consultation today by calling 817-545-3309 or by contacting us online.