Sex Offenses & Domestic Violence
Mental Health Cases
CPS Investigations & Dependencies
Child Abuse & Assault of a Child
Juvenile Defense Cases
No Contact & Protection Orders
Mental Health Cases
Michele understands the unique challenges clients face with underlying mental health diagnoses. Her thoughtful approach takes into consideration the client’s treatment needs, a robust defense, and mitigating the impact of a criminal charge.
The most important part of representing a client with a mental health diagnosis is conveying to the prosecutor how their mental health affects their criminal culpability. An individual with a serious mental health condition may not understand all the consequences of their actions. Depending on the diagnosis, Michele’s strategy may include a defense of diminished capacity or a resolution that simply involves ongoing treatment.
Helping the client find the treatment they need is also a part of Michele’s approach. Prosecutors are often willing to reduce charges when they are assured an individual’s treatment needs are being met. She has fostered relationships with highly respected psychiatrists, psychologists, neuropsychologists, and substance abuse experts in Washington state. It is absolutely critical to find the best “fit” for a client if a forensic mental health evaluation is a necessary part of the defense.
Mental Health & Family
Mental health issues can affect the entire family. Michele works with family members to ensure clients have the support and resources they need to navigate both the criminal defense system and obtain appropriate treatment. Many individuals faced with criminal charges may also be involved with involuntary commitment proceedings. Michele is experienced navigating between these two systems and keeping families informed during the process.
Mental Health Experience
Michele specializes in working with clients with these mental health diagnoses, among others:
- Autism spectrum disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Schizoaffective disorder
- Major depressive disorder, moderate depression, and dysthymia
- Borderline personality disorder
- Personality disorders