Criminal Intent/Mental State at Time of Offense Evaluation
A criminal intent/mental status at time of offense evaluation is typically requested by an attorney defending a client in a criminal matter. In most cases they are asking for an opinion regarding criminal responsibility. If an individual commits a crime while experiencing an acute mental health or psychiatric episode, they may be considered to be less culpable. A person who plans and is deliberate in committing a crime is more responsible than someone that commits a crime accidentally. Similarly, someone who is not the aggressor in an encounter may be justified in their response. The evaluation consists of clinical interviews, intellectual, academic, neuropsychological and personality testing. Collateral sources (usually including review of the discovery and interviews with people familiar with the defendant at the time of the offense, school, medical and/or mental health records as indicated) are also utilized heavily in these evaluations. A final report including this information and evidence-based opinions regarding the individual’s mental state at the time of the offense are provided.