Faking Insane


According to Google, the insanity defense, also known as the mental disorder defense, is a defense by excuse in a criminal case, arguing that the defendant is not responsible for their actions due to an episodic or persistent psychiatric disease at the time of the criminal act.

The insanity plea is something used to plea medically insane after committing a crime, claiming that you were not in your right mind while performing an illegal act. However, this plea can easily be abused and has been in the past.

Pleading insane does not give you ”a get out of jail free card,” according to Criminal Defense LawyerDefendants found not guilty by reason of insanity are rarely set free. Instead, they are almost always confined in mental health institutions. They may remain confined for a longer period of time than had they been found guilty and sentenced to a term in prison. States may compel defendants adjudged insane to remain in a mental health institution until they convince a judge that they are no longer legally insane.

According to Criminal Defense Lawyer statistics show…

  • Defendants offer an insanity defense in less than 1% of all felony cases, and are successful only about one-quarter of the time.
  • Defendants found not guilty by reason of insanity are often confined in mental institutions for many years, and in some cases for a longer time than they would have been incarcerated had they been found guilty.
  • Few offenders “fake” insanity; most defendants who plead insanity have a long history of mental illness and prior hospitalizations.
  • In the large majority of cases, prosecution and defense expert psychiatrists agree on whether defendants are legally insane.

In Texas, a person is legally insane if criminal conduct was a result of severe mental disease or defect, so that the person did not know that his conduct was wrong. The term “mental disease or defect” does not include an abnormality manifested only by repeated criminal or otherwise antisocial conduct.

Always make good decisions in every situation that is thrown your way, and refrain from crying wolf