The Insanity Plea

When you are charged with a crime, you and your attorney typically decide whether you should plead guilty or not guilty. If you plead not guilty, your lawyer formulates a defense to help establish your innocence. One increasingly utilized method of defense is the insanity plea.

Although it can be difficult to understand, some people can become momentarily crazed or so obsessed with the idea of a crime that they feel they have no choice but to actually commit it. This is the foundation of the insanity plea. If you have committed a crime and believe that you suffered from temporary insanity, you should immediately contact an experienced Champaign criminal defense attorney from Bruno Law Offices at (217) 328-6000.

Two Types of Temporary Insanity

The insanity defense is typically divided into two different categories. First, some people suffer from temporary mental impairment that can make them unaware of the wrongness of their crime. This is considered to be different from true mental illness. Additionally, temporary insanity can also be used as a mitigating factor which diminishes a person’s mental capacity.

Another type of insanity is irresistible impulse. This involves a person becoming so obsessed with a crime that he or she believes that they have to commit it in order to be at peace. Although the person may realize the act is wrong, he or she is unable to stop.

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If you have been charged with a crime, you deserve an attorney who is willing to fight for your legal rights. The Champaign criminal defense lawyers of Bruno Law Offices are ready to help you. Contact us today at (217) 328-6000 today to discuss your case.