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Legal Defense in Criminal Cases

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Navigating the criminal process as an autistic person can be particularly challenging due to procedural and structural aspects of the process that impact anxiety, sensory experiences, and social communication. This chapter will focus on five distinct phases of the criminal process: criminal investigation, arrest, pretrial, trial and post-conviction processes. For each phase, special considerations relating to autism spectrum disorder will be summarized and recommendations are offered.

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Crehan, E.T., Ury, F.S. (2021). Legal Defense in Criminal Cases. In: Volkmar, F.R., Loftin, R., Westphal, A., Woodbury-Smith, M. (eds) Handbook of Autism Spectrum Disorder and the Law. Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-70913-6_6

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