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if a person with bipolar 2 commits a crime by fraud of a perscription

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if a person with bipolar 2 commits a crime by fraud of a perscription can they get off for mental issues?
Submitted: 7 years ago.
Category: Criminal Law
Expert:  Zoey_ JD replied 7 years ago.
If you're asking if the case will be dismissed because the defendant is bi-polar, the answer is no. If you're asking whether being bi-polar is a defense to prescription fraud, the answer is almost certainly not, unless his particular medical history was highly unusual.

On the other hand, it is likely that a person with mental issues who was forging prescriptions because of a drug problem would be able to avoid jail by availing himself of some kind of dispositon that would give him treatment for all of his medical and substance abuse issues.

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