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Mental Health Criminal Defense by Jennifer Longtin is a short but informative primer on helping us to understand how to help a friend or loved one with mental health issues caught up in criminal defense. More people than we know are affected by a mental health issue of one kind or another and criminal defense is tough enough without another ingredient in the mix. This primer will teach you legal terms you should be aware of and what they mean; it will walk you through legal proceedings and tell you how you can help, as well as pointing you to resources you can use. Too often, those with mental health disorders are either walked all over because of it or given the incorrect treatment because nobody understands their situation. This primer will give you the knowledge you need to ensure that you or your loved one get the defense they deserve.
If you have a friend or family member facing criminal charges and they have a mental health disorder, you need to read Mental Health Criminal Defense by Jennifer Longtin. This may be a short guide but it is to the point and written in simple language that anyone can understand. Too often, fancy and difficult to understand terms are used in criminal cases and not everyone understands them or the proceedings ahead of them. This primer is the perfect size to take with you wherever you go and is designed to take much of the strain out of a stressful situation. Too many people simply don’t understand mental health issues, such as PTSD, brain injury, depression, and more, and people who live with these issues daily find themselves stigmatized. Jennifer’s expertise and legal background shine through to help us understand and do the right thing.