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Has bipolar disorder, took cocaine. Can robbing a store be a result of this?

WOULD COCAIN MAKE A BIPOLAR DISORDER PERSON DO SOMETHING LIKE ROB A STORE THE PERSON (MY DAUGHTER) HAS NO MEMORY OF DOING IT OR WHY. never BEEN IN TROUBLE BEFORE THIS. WHILE IN JAIL WAITING TRAIL SHE WAS DIAGNOOSED WITH BIPPLAR . SHE WANTS HELP AND GO TO REHAB . I to thinks she needs help this is not like her never been in trouble before .I need to let her lawyer know if this can happen? This makes the difference between jail and rehab , She is 44 years old and mother of 3 children. Can you help me?
Asked On : Sat, 26 Jan 2013
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Hello and welcome to Healthcare Magic. Thanks for your query.

According to the law in most countries, a person is not held responsible for an act only if he / she is having active and severe symptoms of a mental illness, which are sufficient enough to impair the person's normal judgement and thinking. Usually, when there is this claim, the court would direct a team of psychiatrists to do a detailed psychological assessment of the person in order to determine the validity of this claim.

So, this is a complex process and is primarily under the preview of the law. So, I would suggest that you discuss about this with your lawyer for further guidance.

Wish you all the best.

Dr. Jonas Sundarakumar
Consultant Psychiatrist
Answered: Mon, 28 Jan 2013
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