We Defend the Mentally Ill and Intellectually Disabled

Navigating the criminal justice system can be overpowering and incomprehensible for those accused of serious crimes as they cope with mental illness or issues of intellectual capacity.

With extensive experience advocating for these individuals, many facing the death penalty, we have compassionate comprehension of the complexities facing our clients, from their psychological and/or physiological hurdles as well as the impact of medication, hospitalization, and personal histories of abuse and neglect.



We Defend the Addicted

Addiction may or may not be accompanied with issues of mental illness; however, those facing felony charges while battling addictions to drugs or alcohol have a tremendous, even horrific, burden to bear as they fight against the machinations of the criminal system.

Defending the addicted often means educating judge, jury, and prosecutor on the realities of disease and the possibilities for treatment.


We Defend the Youthful Offender / Juvenile

Adulthood is defined by law, and those under the age of majority are granted tremendous legal protections due to their youth.  Juveniles facing serious felonies or crimes that would otherwise merit a possible death penalty (or LWOP) need a criminal defense that aggressively protects these rights, particularly when they are charged for actions considered to be particularly cruel, shocking, incomprehensible, or appalling (such as multiple homicides or active shooters).


Who We Are

We are a boutique law firm based in Miami, Florida providing criminal defense for those dealing with: (1) mental illness and/or (2) addiction, and the special circumstances facing (3) juveniles / youthful offenders.

We also provide “pro hoc vice” consultations, where we consult with attorneys across the country on issues of defending those incapacitated by mental illness, addition, or legal minority.

For more details:

Terry Lenamon, Esq.

Melissa Ortiz, Esq. 

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What We Do

We defend clients, and collaborate with defense lawyers in other parts of the country, regarding:

  • Sentencing (mitigation under state law; arguing for reduction under Federal Sentencing Guidelines Manual, etc.)
  • Felony Theft and Larceny
  • Sex Offenses
  • Firearms Charges
  • Drug Crimes
  • Violent Crimes
  • Capital Crimes



Helping The Accused and Incapacitated

We help individuals facing criminal charges, and we consult with defense attorneys across the country on issues of defending those incapacitated by mental illness, intellectual disability, addition, or legal minority.  Please feel free to contact us for more information.