Is Post Traumatic Stress Disorder a Valid Defense to Criminal Charges?

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is a viable legal defense that should be examined in the case of any military active duty servicemember or veteran who has returned home and committed a crime.  “PTSD” is the given name for a variety of symptoms that follow combat veterans long after the event that triggered them.  Some of these symptoms include:

  • trouble concentrating
  • paranoia or “super-alertness” and hyper-vigilance
  • flashbacks
  • nightmares
  • blackouts and memory loss
  • issues with temper
  • insomnia
  • unusual aloofness

Many states – although not Mississippi as of yet – have enacted laws establishing special veteran’s courts, and recognizing the special treatment needs of our nation’s combat veterans.  Until Mississippi recognizes this problem formally, the need for an advocate that understands the plight of servicemembers and veterans is paramount.  I served 22 years in the Marine Corps, and I will make it my mission to represent you in any PTSD-related problem, including:

  • Helping establish proof of PTSD
  • Getting you the medical attention you need
  • Defending you against criminal charges resulting from symptoms or onset of PTSD

If you or a family member have been diagnosed with post traumatic stress disorder and have been charged with a crime, give me a call at 601-991-1099.  If you live outside of Jackson, Mississippi, call my Toll-Free Line at 866-991-1555.

Or you can e-mail me at clarence@guthriefirm.com.