All those who have been accused of a crime have the right to defend themselves before facing sentencing. Therefore, if you have been accused of a crime and you are awaiting trial, it is important that you fully understand the options available to you. Take the time to gain a complete overview of the different defense options that could lessen or lead to the dismissal of the charges made against you.
One possible defense option available in certain circumstances is to claim insanity. The insanity defense is the act of claiming that mental illness led to the committal of a crime and that the person in question does not have full culpability for the crime. This defense is designed to protect the mentally ill from the full brunt of the legal system, however, it can be prone to abuse by those who want to cheat the system. This is why the federal Insanity Defense Reform Act of 1984 was put into place.