Information is key. In cases involving severe mental health, oftentimes there are extensive medical records showing the existence of mental illness well before the criminal justice system is involved. The outcome of a case can be directly affected by this type of evidence. If you or your loved one has been arrested during a period of severe mental illness it is important to begin the information gathering process immediately.
Start gathering the following as soon as possible:
- Create a timeline of mental illness, including the names and contacts of all medical professionals seen.
- Gather all medical records.
- Gather a list of providers.
- Obtain a medical release of information for your attorney.
Getting this information can be stressful and time consuming. Speaking with an Attorney immediately to help you navigate this process and request the documentation necessary to get the best possible outcome.