Private Therapy on a Criminal Case

Private Therapy on a Criminal Case

Charlie discusses the benefits of obtaining private therapy in addition to mandated counseling programs for criminal cases.


Q: Why is counseling important in criminal cases?

A: Counseling is often required in criminal cases, especially when the court mandates specific programs related to the charge, such as anger management or alcohol treatment programs. Completing these programs and receiving a certificate of completion plays a significant role in the legal process.

Q: Can I choose to get private counseling in addition to court-ordered programs?

A: Yes, opting for private counseling in addition to the court-ordered programs is a voluntary choice. Private counseling can further demonstrate to the prosecutor your commitment to rehabilitation, potentially benefiting your case.

Q: What is the benefit of getting private counseling for my criminal case?

A: Engaging in more counseling than required and providing evidence of it to the prosecutor can positively impact your case. It shows a proactive approach to rehabilitation and can lead to a more favorable outcome.

Q: How do I choose a therapist for private counseling?

A: Finding a therapist that you respect and feel comfortable with is crucial. A therapist who can positively impact your life will naturally contribute beneficially to your case as well.

Q: Do you know of any inexpensive counseling programs?

A: Yes! St. Edwards has a great counseling community clinic. They charge as little as $15/session for individuals and $30/session for couples. Check out their website.

Q: How many sessions of private counseling should I have?

A: It is recommended to have at least 10 sessions of private counseling. This amount is considered substantial enough to make a significant impact on your case when presented to the prosecutor.

Q: What should I do after completing the recommended number of counseling sessions?

A: After completing around 10 sessions, ask your therapist to write a letter or an email confirming the meetings, the frequency of these sessions, and a general overview of the topics discussed. This documentation can then be forwarded to your defense attorney, who will present it to the prosecutor.

Q: How does additional counseling affect the outcome of my case?

A: Additional counseling often leads to a more favorable outcome in criminal cases. Demonstrating a commitment to rehabilitation through private counseling can influence the prosecutor's perception and decision-making, potentially leading to a better result.