Borderline Personality Disorder: Pre-plea and Pre-sentence Criminal Mitigation Strategies

Production Date: May 24, 2016 Practice Areas: Criminal Law Estimated Length: 3681 minutes


$ 59 Criminal Law In Stock

In this course, attorney and forensic expert Mark Silver delves into criminal mitigation strategies for the client suffering from Borderline Personality Disorder. Borderline Personality Disorder is among the least understood, and yet perhaps the most important mental health issues for criminal defense lawyers. As many as 6% of the population carry the diagnosis of Borderline Personality Disorder and the criteria for this mental health issue provide profound understanding regarding the criminal defendant's decision-making, behaviors and conduct, emotional instability, erratic conduct, impulsivity, depression and low self-esteem, and related matters. It is crucial for the criminal defense lawyer to be able to recognize borderline personality disorder in clients and know when to refer the case for an evaluation and/or how to use aspects of this disorder for mitigation purposes.


Learning Objectives:

I.     Understand the criteria of Borderline Personality Disorder as among the most important mental health diagnoses with criminal defendants 

II.    Identify the challenges and obstacles of defending such clients 

III.   Recognize how the criteria of this disorder can serve as a direct defense and/or mitigating factors in the advocacy process

Karen F.
Pelham, NY

loved this one!

James B.
Oakton, VA

Very informative program. Materials were well put together and very complete on the subject.

Renee B.
Chicago, IL

Mark was great at summarizing a complex psychological disorder and drawing a link to how to use it in legal practice. Very interesting program.

Richard H.
Salisbury, NC

Excellent overview of the topic material. enhanced insights into the discipline.

Robin B.
McHenry, IL

Fantastic course. I practice criminal defense and abuse and neglect law, so this material was extremely helpful for both areas.

Kelly F.
Pomona, NY

My mother has borderline personality disorder so I found this incredibly interesting as I could relate to the topic.

jesse s.
Commack, NY


Thomas G.
Florham Park, NJ

this was excellent

Michael G.
Houston, TX

Well done.

Antoine M.
frederick, MD

Valuable information for mitigation and screening clients

Ellen S.
Tigard, OR

Fantastic speaker. Know the topic well.

Steven W.
Clifton, VA

Very much enjoyed this.

Vasiliki N.
Lake Oswego, OR

Very helpful topic and great speaker.

Julie B.
Roanoke, VA

Excellent content

Christine D.
Williamsburg, VA

Excellent CLE!

Robert S.
Sherman Oaks, CA

Excellent -- I commented on it to colleagues

Michael A.
Columbia, SC

Very helpful content and materials.

Andrew W.
Lexington, TX

Good pace. Methodical.

James W.
Cincinnati, OH

Thank you

Mary P.
Anderson, SC

Very good program on a topic that needs to be addressed.

Christine B.
New Orleans, LA

Very helpful!

Whitney M.
Houston, TX

Interesting. A subject matter I did not know much about but the presenter explained the issue so well.

Lorri S.
Cleveland, OH

nice program!

Springfield, VA

Very thorough & thoughtful presentation. Great description of concepts & practicalities.

Marcus S.
McLean, VA


Hilary J.
Abingdon, VA

Extremely interesting. Written materials were very helpful.

bruno b.
Hempstead, NY

Great course. You should have one on ptsd.

Afsaneh Lynne K.
Arlington, VA

This was a great presentation! Really enjoyed the presenter and learned a lot!

Jane F.
Alexandria, VA

I loved this course. The presentation was fabulous. It kept my attention all of the way through. Thank you.

Phillp S.
Bedford, TX

Good distinctions drawn on borderline personality disorder that clarifies the confusion with other psychological issues.

Kelly D.
Boca Raton, FL

Informative presentation!

Frazer W.
Washington, DC

Excellent presentation

Robert N.
Alexandria, VA

great speaker

Cate C.
Fayetteville, NC

Excellent presentation. The best I have viewed thus far.

Senna A.
Springfield, VA

As a mental health professional myself, I appreciate courses like these that explore the relationship between the law and mental health. We don't hear much about BPD so thanks for including this one!

Deborah H.
Virginia Beach, VA

excellent course and presentation

Belinda B.
Sugar Land, TX

This course helps one evaluate the needs of clients who may be suffering from this disorder.

Mary H.
Arlington, VA

Great presentation-interesting material.

William M.

Mark is extremely knowledgeable!!

Linda C.
Los Angeles, CA

Very effective and informative presentation.

William S.
Houston, TX

Very informative

Leslie S.
Olney, MD

Excellent presentation

Terry B.
Wayne, NJ

speaker was repetitive as was his language. However, course was very good.

Haverstraw, NY


Kathleen R.
Rock Tavern, NY

Very informative and well presented.

Theodor S.
New York, NY

Very informative.

Jennifer H.
Nashville, TN

Very well done!

Louis t. A.
Wilmette, IL

Very good

Mark E.
Corpus Christi, TX


Carrie O.
Forest Hills, AL

Already I have recommended Lawline to several other attorneys

Kristina U.
King George, VA

Great and interesting speaker. He should present more classes.

Edward F.

Excellent presentation of both the underlying disorder, and appropriate legal defense support!

Jeanette taylor J.
Bluffton, SC

This is an excellent [presenter. This was very informative in understanding borderline personalities in general.

Robert W.
Arlington, VA

Clear and informative, well-paced.

Rhonda G. W.
Washington, DC

Thank you for this superb program on an important, although not-often discussed, issue. The presentation was thorough and clear.

Kathleen D.
Huntington, WV


Frederic F.
Herndon, VA

Fascinating material. Very well presented.

Cristina R.
Dublin, VA

Excellent. Thank you!

Barry G.
Springfield, VA

Wonderful speaker, obviously well acquainted with his subject matter.

Davyne W.
Colorado Springs, CO

Fantastic seminar!