mental capacity sex crime criminal defense

Mental Capacity and Sex Crimes Criminal Defense

May 14, 2019


Most people accused of a sex crime have one of two options when making their cases in court. They can have their lawyers enter a plea of innocent or guilty depending on factors like the evidence against them, prior criminal histories, and eyewitness testimonies.

However, these two plea options may not adequately apply to the cases of people accused of sex crimes who also are found to have a mental defect like schizophrenia. In these instances, the mental capacity of such defendants could change the criminal defense they and their lawyers bring to court.