Our New York violent crime lawyer may be able to help represent a person convicted of a violent crime by using the insanity defense. In criminal trials, lawyers may use the insanity defense to claim that the defendant should not be held responsible for his or her actions during an episode related to mental health, such as a mental handicap or psychiatric illness. In a recent case, a man who fatally stabbed a 9-year-old boy while playing a video game with him in 2011 was found to be not guilty by reason of insanity. The 31-year-old man, Alejandro Morales, stabbed Anthony Maldonado in the chest while they played a PlayStation game in the apartment Morales shared with Maldonado’s uncle. Morales’ lawyer, Frederick Sosinksy, stated that Morales suffered from delusions and believed the characters in the video game were going to attack him. Morales was acquitted of murder. The jury found that Morales was not guilty by reason of mental disease or defect in relation to manslaughter, but the verdict still means that Morales could be committed for the rest of his life. However, like others who have been found not guilty by reason of insanity, Morales will spend his time in a mental health facility instead of a prison.
Contact a New York Violent Crime Lawyer
If you have committed a violent crime and are in need of representation, contact the Law Office of Frederick L. Sosinsky at (212) 285-2270 for a consultation. It is important to understand your rights if you have been charged with a violent crime. If you suffered from a mental health episode at the time of your violent crime, your lawyer may be able to use the insanity defense. A New York violent crime lawyer may be able to provide the representation you need.