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What is mental health court?

What is mental health court? I've been to court twice. For my last court appearance my friend went with me. She is my care giver. After speaking with a court appointed lawyer, the lawyer went to the DA and asked that my case be transferred over to mental health court . What should I expect?

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    Peter Goldscheider | Law Office of Peter F. Goldscheider
    438 Cambridge Ave. Suite 250
    Palo Alto, CA 94306
    (650) 323-8296
    It depends on each county. It is a diversion type disposition where you are to receive treatment for a mental condition in lieu of traditional punishment (if you are guilty of course). So in that respect you can expect leniency. The trade off may be more involvement with the probation department, social workers and review by the court than is often otherwise the case.
    Answer Applies to: California - Replied: 10/22/2013
    John M. Kaman | Kaman Law Office
    360 Ritch Street Suite 201
    San Francisco, CA 94107
    (415) 630-3021
    It varies from county to county but usually it is an alternative court designed to help people whose problems and actions are more psychological than criminal. Some custody time may be involved but most are released for out patient treatment after a relatively short time. Mental Health Court is a much better alternative than jail in any event.
    Answer Applies to: California - Replied: 10/22/2013
    Edward J. Blum | Law Office of Edward J. Blum
    3699 Wilshire Blvd.
    Los Angeles, CA 90010
    (213) 479-5322
    At mental health court the court will determine your competency to stand trial.
    Answer Applies to: California - Replied: 10/21/2013
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