Family Law, Criminal Law & Other Cases Involving Mental Illness Issues
Mental illness issues permeate many other cases and oftentimes are the chief cause behind individuals getting divorced, getting charged with a crime and many other crisis situations. Very often a person can trace the cause of their legal problems back to their own mental illness or the mental illness issues of their family members, friends or business associates. Contact our Leesburg mental illness attorneys for more information.
Mental illness is a very important issue in family law cases. Virginia has a collection of statutes which direct a judge how to determine child custody, child support, the distribution of property and spousal support. Every one of these statutes contains a requirement that the judge evaluate the mental condition of the parties involved. As such, it is very important that your attorney understand mental illness and the impact it has on a client’s case. It is also very important that your attorney have the relationships and experience in dealing with mental health professionals to further a client’s case. If your attorney has these qualifications, he or she can not only assist you in cases where the opposing party is mentally ill, but he or she can also assist you in your family law case if you suffer from a mental illness.
Mental illness is also a very important issue in criminal law cases. While it is very difficult to defeat a criminal charge because a person suffers from a mental illness, there are many cases where such an illness can directly affect whether or not a person will be found guilty of a particular charge. Even more common is the impact mental illness has on the ultimate punishment a person faces, which can many times be lessened by presenting evidence of the person suffering from a mental illness, and how the illness impacts their life and their behavior.
Our firm’s founder, John Whitbeck, has developed a large part of his practice representing individuals in family law and criminal cases where one or more of the individuals suffer from a mental illness. In family law cases, Mr. Whitbeck has extensive experience representing individuals in cases where his client is facing an opposing party suffering from a mental illness as well as representing individuals who suffer from a mental illness. In criminal cases, Mr. Whitbeck represents individuals who suffer from a mental illness and are charged with crimes, and has also represented individuals who are attempting to utilize the criminal justice system to obtain mental health assistance for their family and friends. There are many other types of cases where mental illness issues can play a prominent role. Our firm’s attorneys have experience handling such cases, and examples of these include: contesting wills and other estate documents where mental illness was involved, contesting contracts where mental illness is involved, cases involving mentally ill children and their education, and disability cases involving mental illness.