If you’ve been charged with any sort of criminal activity, you may have to go to court. If that happens, you may be requested to get a competency evaluation. These competency evaluations are to help judges and attorneys see if you are capable of understanding and participating in various steps of the legal process. Reliant Mental Health Services offers the competency evaluation services you need.
We help those in Greenville, SC, and the surrounding areas.
When Do You Need a Competency Evaluation?
The short answer to this question is whenever the court orders you to get one. However, there are multiple types of evaluation that you can be aware of to prepare:
- Competence to proceed: This is normally ordered by either the judge, the defense, or the prosecution to see the status of your mental, emotional, and intellectual health in the here and now. As of the court case date, are you mentally feeling up to defending yourself?
- Competence to waive Miranda: This evaluation focuses on the time of your arrest. It helps to see whether you understood your rights when they were given to you during your arrest.
- Competence to be executed: This evaluation will see whether or not a person has the mental power to comprehend the death penalty sentence.
- Competence to waive counsel: You have the right to self-representation in court, but the judge may call for this evaluation to see if you’re mentally capable of doing so.
These evaluations are in place to help you get the fairest trial possible. The professionals at Reliant Mental Health Services have the skills and experience needed to conduct these evaluations in a loving and understanding way.
With years of experience and a strong commitment to the residents of Greenville, SC, we promise that we’ll do all that we can to help you mentally, emotionally, and intellectually with your court case and any required evaluations.
Call today at 661-378-0517 for an appointment.