What happens if I pass/don’t pass a mental evaluation?

I was charged with disorderly conduct- I wrote a hit note in school. I have a mental evaluation today and I was wondering what my psychiatrist could potentially do to me?

Asked on May 27, 2009 under Criminal Law, Illinois

Answers:

B. B., Member, New Jersey Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 11 years ago | Contributor

The psychiatrist will not do anything to you, directly.  I'm reasonably sure that one thing he or she will be concerned about, is whether or not you are really dangerous to others, or to yourself.  There will be a report, from the evaluation, that goes to the judge, which may well influence exactly what happens next, especially if you are still a minor.  I would hope that the report is mostly addressed to what your mental health needs might be.  There is a good chance that the recommendation will be for counseling, at least, and most courts are quick to agree with that.  You should be quick to agree with that, too.

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