AbnormalPsychologyandLaw2

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Unformatted text preview: Abnormal Psychology & the Law Forensic Psychological Evaluation Types of criminal forensic psychological evaluations Evaluation of Competencies Evaluation of mental state at the time of the offense Risk Assessments Sex Offender evaluation Capital Sentencing (mitigation) Evaluation of competencies Types of criminal competencies assessed Stand trial Waive counsel Waive Miranda Confess Plead guilty Be executed Theoretical basis for requirement of competency Fundamental fairness Due process (14 th amendment) A necessary component of a fair adversarial proceeding Legal standard for competency Varies with type of competency May vary from state to state Competency to Stand Trial Constitutionally guaranteed must have capacity to understand charges/system and help attorney (rational and factual ) Legal standard for competency Competency to Waive Counsel Same as CST Waiver of other rights (e.g., confession, plead guilty) Must be knowing, intelligent and voluntary Competency to be executed Must be aware of the meaning of the sentence and the reason for it Mental state at the time of the offense Not the same as competency to stand trial!Not the same as competency to stand trial!...
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