Representing the mentally ill

Phoenix Criminal Defense of the Mentally ill

Help Your Loved One Get a Fair Trial with an Arizona Mental Illness Defense Lawyer

Sometimes, people who suffer from a serious mental illness (SMI) are charged with a crime. Bernardo Garcia believes that everyone—including the mentally ill—deserves a fair and just trial in the Arizona court system.

The rights of all individuals must be protected in the criminal justice system. It would be unfair for the system to punish someone who does not have full control of his or her mental faculties. In any criminal case, all circumstances surrounding a defendant’s behavior need to be considered in a trial, including his or her mental faculties.

Bernardo Garcia knows that your loved one is important to you.  He will protect your loved one’s rights as if he were protecting his own. 

Contact Mr. Garcia to get the personal attention your family member deserves.  With more than 25 years of experience as a Scottsdale mental illness defense lawyer, he has:

  • Represented hundreds of individuals who have been diagnosed with a serious mental illness, as well as clients who have not been diagnosed, in cases involving both misdemeanors and felonies.
  • Defended clients with an SMI against a variety of charges, such as DUI, arson, aggravated assault, crimes against children, drug offenses, homicide, robbery, sex crimes, and theft.
  • Protected the rights of clients who have a variety of disorders, such as bi-polar disorder, schizophrenia, dissociative disorders, psychotic disorders, mood disorders, personality disorders, developmental delays, dementia, and traumatic brain injuries.


Contact Bernardo Garcia for a free consultation.  He offers free jail visits within Maricopa County.  After hearing about the details of your case, Mr. Garcia can explain the complexities of the Arizona criminal court system and help you weigh your options.  If your loved one suffers from a serious mental illness, a mental health defense may be the right legal strategy.

As a bilingual attorney, Mr. Garcia can communicate directly with your loved one in English or Spanish.  Even if your loved one only speaks Spanish, Bernardo Garcia can offer the compassionate, personal support that your loved one deserves.

In criminal cases, the stakes are high.  Don’t leave your loved one at the mercy of an unmerciful criminal justice system.  Don’t take a chance with an inexperienced lawyer.  Contact us to schedule a free consultation with an experienced and caring Phoenix criminal law attorney today.