Milwaukee, WI asked in Criminal Law for Illinois

Q: My exhusband lives in Chicago. Being accused of attempt murder/injury for alleged stabbing his roommate. He's schitzo

He has schizophrenia so I want to know if a lawyer can help in his situation..not sure where to start

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James G. Dimeas
James G. Dimeas
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  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Schaumburg, IL
  • Licensed in Illinois

A: If his lawyer thinks it's appropriate, he needs to have him evaluated to determine whether he's fit to stand trial. If it is determined that he is unfit to stand trial the case cannot proceed any further unless a determination is made that he is fit to stand trial. Even if he is found fit to stand trial, he should be evaluated to determine his sanity at the time of the alleged offense.

You should talk to an experienced criminal defense attorney as soon as possible.

Omar Khan
Omar Khan
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  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Oakbrook Terrace, IL
  • Licensed in Illinois

A: I would agree with my colleague. First step is determining fitness to stand trial. Second step is determining whether a specific insanity defense would work. He should consult a local criminal defense attorney to help mitigate any of the potential consequences, as attempted murder is a serious crime.

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