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Are psychiatric defenses effective to negate the seriusness of the alleged crime if he/she got a lettter from my psychiatrist?

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I have "psychzoaffective disoreder" and "A.D.H.D." which greatly impairs my sense of judgement and makes me extremely impulsive due to the "attention deficit hyperactivity disorder"

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    The letter is not admissible at trial; the doctor has to testify and your lawyer has to give the DA notice of the defense. The DA can share the letter with the DA in hopes of negotiating a deal. Every case is different.

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  2. It is possible. You need to document the condition and have your attorney evaluate the situation. He or she may be able to use the condition to help lessen the penalties you are facing. Good luck.

    I have been a criminal attorney in New York for almost 25 years. website: Phone #: 718-208-6094 email: This answer is only for informational purposes and is not meant as legal advice.

  3. If you've already had the trial and you're at the sentencing phase, then it can't hurt to submit the letter, but that's up to your attorney. If you are attempting to negate liability because of a medical condition, you'll need the doctor to testify.

    If you'd like to discuss, please feel free to call. Jeff Gold Gold, Benes, LLP 1854 Bellmore Ave Bellmore, NY 11710 Telephone -516.512.6333 Email -

  4. Potentially. You need to consult on the specifics with a criminal defense attorney.

    Joseph A. Lo Piccolo, Esq.
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    I am a criminal defense attorney practicing in Nassau, Suffolk and New York City. The above information is not a substitution for a meeting whereas all potential legal issues can be discussed.

  5. The only way a professional opinion is admissible in Court in NY State is via expert testimony. You may testify yourself about your medical conditions, but to give a "defense" to your actions based on a medical condition, you will need expert testimony. Be careful about using mental illness as a defense to criminal actions. Depending on the crime, a successful plea (not responsible due to mental disease or defect) can land that person in a secure mental health facility for an indefinite number of years. For crimes where violence or threat of violence are involved, this can be up to life!

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