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Daytona Beach Defense for Mentally & Physically Challenged

Defending Those with Disabilities in Florida

Many criminal defense attorneys know how to fight criminal charges. When you or someone you love suffers from a physical or mental handicap, it is critically important to turn to a lawyer who has experience defending the mentally and physically challenged.

Investigators are often quick to accuse individuals who struggle with mental or physical challenges. I try to secure the release from incarceration with treatment recommendations involving psychiatrists, ARNP's, psychologists and local agencies to help with medication, housing and other needs. At The Law Offices of Catherine A. Drees, we focus our practice on providing holistic legal representation for these individuals in Florida. If you or someone you care about is facing criminal charges, call 386-255-2121 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation.

When our clients suffer from mental or physical challenges and face criminal charges, we have two primary goals. The first is to provide an aggressive defense. The second is to help clients get the medical help they need.

Providing Aggressive Criminal Defense

Prosecutors need to prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that you had the ability to commit the crime and that you were mentally capable of forming criminal intent. We have a deep understanding of various mental and physical challenges that affect a person's ability to form criminal intent, including:

  • Insanity
  • Bi-polar disorder
  • Delusion
  • Schizophrenia
  • Physical disabilities
  • Self-cutting behavior
  • Borderline personality disorder
  • Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
  • Generalized anxiety or depression
  • Eating disorders (bulimia and anorexia)

In order to effectively defend our clients, we often need to educate judges and other lawyers about the way various disabilities impact our clients' mental and physical abilities. I try to get all of the client's mental health records, in cases involving involuntary hospitalization - Baker Acts. You may also use a Marchman Act for those needing drug treatment.

Baker Acts are hearings on Involuntary Hospitalization of individuals who have been deemed dangerous to themselves or others. I attend the hearings and request alternatives to the hospitalization. I welcome the input of family members, to provide an accurate description of the problems.

The privacy rights of my clients is utmost in these cases. Our Constitution created privacy rights to provide autonomy for all.

Confidentiality is a part of privacy and limits what an attorney, a District Attorney or an Assistant State Attorney can demand on the part of the patient involved in mental health issues. Thus, this controls what information third party providers, therapists, psychiatrists or attorneys can reveal.

This makes certain that the patient controls confidentiality protection and can decide who may see the records, reports, etc. The HIPPA Act is followed as well!

As a former prosecutor, our attorney knows how to communicate with the other side and reach positive solutions for our clients.

Helping Clients' Recover

We have more than two decades of experience helping clients with issues related to the Baker Act and the Marchman Act, both of which give families and judges the right to require individuals to seek treatment for mental health or mood disorders and for drug or alcohol abuse.

Schedule a Free Consultation

Allow us to speak to you concerning these issues and involvement in the Criminal Justice system. Criminal convictions can ruin your life. You could be forced to pay high fines, spend time in jail, lose your drivers license and face other serious consequences. Call 386-255-2121 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation at our Daytona Beach office.

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The Law Offices of Catherine A. Drees
444 Seabreeze Boulevard, Suite 470
Daytona Beach, FL 32118
Phone: 386-255-2121
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