Tragically, your situation is not unusual. Far too many people with cognitive disabilities and mental illnesses are in jail or prison, even though they don’t belong there. You can read how America’s criminal justice system became the country’s mental health system here.
If you or your family member has been charged with a crime and has a developmental disability, traumatic brain injury, or mental illness such as bipolar disorder or schizophrenia, Eugene, Oregon attorney Anna P. Sammons is the optimal defense lawyer for your situation. She started her career as a case manager, then worked as a mental health counselor before choosing to attend the University of Chicago Law School because of its renowned Mental Health Law Project, where she worked all through school. She subsequently represented countless individuals with developmental disabilities and mental illnesses during her years as a public defender at two different offices specializing in holistic, client-centered representation. During her time at the Lane County Public Defender’s Office, she worked closely with attorneys on the mental health team, learning the ins and outs of the local system.
Anna Sammons regularly collaborates with with social workers and forensic experts, encourages clients into treatment to improve their bargaining position, and makes winning mitigation arguments to obtain favorable agreements.