Advocating for the Accused with Autism Spectrum Disorder

| May 18, 2020 | Firm News

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) affects millions of Americans and is often undiagnosed, treated, and misunderstood. The Center for Disease Control calculated that one out of nearly every sixth child is found on the spectrum. ASD is a lifelong condition. However, ASD is distinctive from mental illness.

Autism Spectrum Disorder Diagnosis for Mitigation

Without proper diagnosis treatment and advocacy, and individual suffering from ASD may not have their needs appropriately address in an investigation or court proceeding. Should a client have an ASD condition, it must be recognized in the way a case is handled. ASD is not a pass for culpability but is a vehicle for mitigation to explain actions.

Recognizing Autism Spectrum Disorder

ASD may be present when the client demonstrates the following behavior:

Lack of social cues

Lack of emotional cues

Impulsivity

Reasoning Impairment

Fixations

Compulsiveness

Advocating for Clients with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Effective advocacy comes from knowledge and experience. The attorneys at Hilder & Associates, P.C. regularly work with psychologist and psychiatrists when appropriate to assist client under investigation, pretrial, trial, and if need be, sentencing.  The proper identification and collection of records and witnesses depends upon a familiarity with the landscape of ASD that comes from experience.  Our attorneys not only have the ability to present expert witnesses and evidence, but the knowledge to confront and cross-examine government experts. Our experiences allow us to investigate cases and work with the right experts to make sure our clients get the care and attention they deserve. Contact our Firm for details and assistance.

 

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