Q: Can an issue of mental incapacity be time barred
There are rules in the Code of Criminal Procedure regarding pleas and defense regarding mental defects as a defense to a crime (See Article 46 & 46B). Most judges will allow you to change or adjust your defenses in a criminal case, but once the case is set for trial, the judge can limit your pleas or defenses.
There are some exceptions, but such a plea must be well-prepared and have evidence to put-forth the mental defense.
You will need a Doctor to back-up your plea for a mental capacity defense.
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