Issues regarding mental health and developmental disabilities
A person who suffers from a mental health issue or is developmentally disabled is at a severe disadvantage in the criminal justice system. He or she will often
Have significant problems understanding the criminal justice system
Suffer from dual diagnosis problems due to substance abuse
Suffer greatly in police investigations when they are unable to negotiate the police investigatory function
Can lose their housing if in jail for a long period of time
Can lose their benefits if in jail for a long period of time
Spend more time in jail. It used to be three times more jail time. Due to recognition of the disadvantages this has now dropped to only twice as much time.
Have significant problems with later rehabilitation
Most courts, and the Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas in particular, have recognized these disadvantages. They are working to learn how to address them; how to provide services that will allow the proper and just result.
If you, your child, your spouse or your friend suffer from mental health or developmental disability problems, know that services are available. These issues need to be brought to the forefront of your case, investigated and factored into what happened.
A person suffering from a mental health problem or a developmental disability is at an extreme disadvantage in the criminal justice system. Call me!
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I serve all of Northeastern Ohio
I serve all of Northeast Ohio's Courts
of Common Pleas, including
County Court of Common Pleas,
Court of Common Pleas,
Medina Court of Common
Summit County Court of Common Pleas,
Geauga County Court of Common
Portage County Court of Common Pleas,
Lake County Court of Common Pleas,
Court of Common Pleas,
Sandusky County Court of Common Pleas and
Huron County Court
of Common Pleas.
I serve all of Cuyahoga County's
municipal courts, including
Bedford Municipal Court,
Berea Municipal Court,
Heights Municipal Court, East
Cleveland Municipal Court,
Municipal Court, Garfield Heights
Lakewood Municipal Court,
Municipal Court, Parma
Municipal Court, Rocky River
Municipal Court, and
South Euclid Municipal Court.
In Lorain County I serve the Avon Lake Municipal Court, Elyria Municipal Court, Lorain Municipal Court, Oberlin Municipal Court, Vermillion Municipal Court. In Medina County I serve Medina Municipal Court and Wadsworth Municipal Court. In Huron County I serve the Huron Municipal Court, Vermillion Municipal Court and Sandusky Municipal Court.
In Summit County and Portage County I serve the Akron Municipal Court, Barberton Municipal Court, Stow Municipal Court and Portage Municipal Court. In Lake County I serve the Mentor Municipal Court, Painesville Municipal Court and Willoughby Municipal Court. In Geauga County I serve the Chardon Municipal Court.