Children and adults with mental illness falling under the criteria of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 5th Edition (DSM V), can become involved in the criminal justice system for a variety of criminal acts including theft, substance abuse, and violent offenses. When evaluating mental illness and criminal law, it is important to consider and assess the historical and medical background of these individuals, and consider all mitigating mental health factors. The County of Los Angeles has various programs that can constitute appropriate alternatives to incarceration, aimed at the goal of rehabilitating the individual while making the community safer. A criminal lawyer for mentally ill individuals, and a criminal justice lawyer and advocate, Akhavan is committed to thoroughly examining mental health diagnosis and historical data when they present, by working closely with medical professionals in order to understand the intricate medical issues involved, and their relationship to the underlying criminal offense. She is committed to finding a path forward that is in the best interests of her clients.
Children and adults with developmental disabilities may end up in the criminal justice system for behaviors that are a direct result of their disabilities. There are certain legal considerations that need to be considered when examining cases involving children and adults with developmental disabilities. Akhavan's thoughtful and thorough case examination involves a holistic approach that carefully considers the historical, medical, and legal issues involved while advocating for a just result for her clients.
Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a significant public health concern in the United States, and occurs when an external force alters the brain physiology or anatomy of an individual. A TBI can be characterized by deficits in neurological processes and memory, as well as changes in mental states, including behavior, mood, and consciousness. Some of the leading causes of TBI are falls, motor vehicle collisions, being struck by or against, and assault. A child or adult with a history of TBI who is proceeding through the various stages of the criminal justice system, may have a case that gives rise to certain legal considerations that merit assessment of the historical and medical issues involved. Akhavan's comprehensive case review provides an in-depth analysis of the relevant historical, medical and legal issues present, with the aim of providing a conscientious and just defense for her clients.