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Sacramento Attorney Ken Rosenfeld Gets Client Who Shot Police Officer Mental Health Diversion Instead of Possible Jail

This case is another successful mental health legal win for Northern California Criminal Defense Attorney Rosenfeld

Sacramento, CA, June 17, 2024 — A mental health client who shot a police officer and potentially faced a hefty prison sentence has instead been found eligible for pretrial mental health diversion as a result of the mental health criminal defense efforts of California Mental Health Attorney Ken Rosenfeld of The Rosenfeld Law Firm.

According to a motion filed with the California Superior Court, S. Eberle was accused of firing a shotgun into the air from his residence and striking a police officer in 2022. Eberle was charged with three felony offenses: Assault on a Peace Officer, Resisting Arrest, and Discharging a Firearm in a Grossly Negligent Manner.

Pursuant to recent changes made to a California Senate Bill regarding eligibility for mental health diversion, Rosenfeld successfully argued that Mr. Eberle met the eligibility requirements for mental health diversion according to the following factors: He was diagnosed within the past five years with a mental disorder by a qualified mental health expert, his diagnosis was a significant factor in the commission of the charged offenses, and he meets each of the four suitability factors of mental health diversion. Rosenfeld furthermore argued that Mr. Eberle has no criminal history and poses no unreasonable risk to public safety. Following these arguments, the court granted Mr. Eberle with pretrial mental health diversion for the purposes of treatment and continued mental health services.

“People with mental disorders need support and treatment, not prison time,” said California Mental Health Attorney Ken Rosenfeld, who also specializes in California federal criminal defense. “With treatment my client can fulfill his potential to re-integrate into his community and resume a productive life. He is certainly pleased with the result, and I’m pleased to have achieved this result for him. Our firm is dedicated to getting our mental health clients the proper care and support they need, and we’ll continue to fight aggressively for them.”

About The Rosenfeld Law Firm:

With offices in Sacramento, San Jose, and Palm Springs, The Rosenfeld Law Firm aggressively defends a wide range of high-profile criminal defense cases such as first-degree murder and lewd conduct and/or offense cases, and also provides juvenile defense and California DUI defense. The Rosenfeld Law Firm furthermore practices appellate law and prison law. As a skilled criminal law commentator, Ken Rosenfeld has made over 600 regular appearances on KTXL TV and FOX40’s Ask an Attorney. Rosenfeld was named Litigator of the Year by the American Institute of Trial Lawyers and was recently recognized as a 2024 Lawyers of Distinction published in the Wall Street Journal.

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Kenneth Rosenfeld, Esquire

The Rosenfeld Law Firm

Sacramento, CA, United States


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