On Demand

Borderline Personality Disorder: Pre-Plea and Pre-Sentence Criminal Mitigation Strategies (Update)

1h 1m

Created on April 02, 2020




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, behavior, 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:

  1. Recognize the criteria of Borderline Personality Disorder as among the most important mental health diagnoses with criminal defendants
  2. Identify the challenges and obstacles of defending such clients
  3. Examine how the criteria of this disorder can serve as a direct defense and/or mitigating factors in the advocacy process

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