Jail or Treatment? Mental Health Diversion in Criminal Cases

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Jail or Treatment? Mental Health Diversion in Criminal Cases
Jail or Treatment? Mental Health Diversion in Criminal Cases

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Course Description

Did you know that there is a new law California that allows diversion in some criminal cases if a defendant suffers from a mental disorder? In late June 2018, AB 1810 was approved and went into effect immediately as Cal. Penal Code section 1001.36. That statute created a new pre-trial diversion program that is discretionary for a defendant charged with a misdemeanor or felony, and who suffers from a mental disorder that played a significant part in the charged offense. This program will discuss how this new law works, and how it may play out in the court system.

Length: 59min

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Eric Ganci

Eric Ganci runs an exclusive practice in DUI defense, with a focus on science and trial work. He was awarded the “Lawyer-Scientist” designation by the American Chemical Society, Chemistry and the Law Section, and has tried over 60 jury trials to verdict. Eric attended Trial Lawyers College in 2013 and is on staff teaching with Trial Lawyers College. He earned his JD from Thomas Jefferson School of Law and a BA in Music Education from Northern Illinois University. Eric is an active musician, and one time had Ving Rhames say “I like your band’s CD.”


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