In the unfortunate circumstance of an individual with ASD being arrested, there are two possible resources that we are aware of at this time:

Please request to have the person with autism transferred to MENTAL HEALTH COURT. This program slows down the process to look at any extenuating circumstances around the alleged crime. All referred individuals receive a mental health evaluation to determine the presence of a psychiatric problem and identify the services required. Medication services are provided as needed. Mental health professionals can assist the court in providing appropriate assessment and placement of criminal defendants suffering from a mental illness.

Let the public defender know this person has autism. This will take some detective work, including you showing up at the hearing.

County of San Bernardino Inmate Locator

Riverside County Inmate Locator

If applicable, notify the Regional Center caseworker. They may be able to assist.

Gutierrez Law Firm- James Gutierrez, Esq.
301 W Mission Blvd. Suite 8 Pomona, CA 91766
James Gutierrez is a highly skilled, bilingual (Spanish and English), experienced attorney offering a wide range of legal services catered towards civil rights and social justice issues. In addition to his family, worker’s compensation, and bankruptcy, he also assists in civil rights litigation.  He is dedicated to fighting for the rights and liberties of individuals who have experienced discrimination or injustices in various aspects of their lives. James also has extensive knowledge and in disability benefits litigation, social security and probate/ conservatorships. Moreover, as an accident relief attorney, James aims to provide comprehensive support to individuals who have suffered physical or psychological injuries due to accidents. He prides himself in assisting clients in obtaining the compensation and justice they need to rebuild their lives and move forward.

Law Offices of Leonard Cravens
45902 Oasis Street, Suite C, Indio, CA 92201

(760) 342-1810

Certified Criminal Law & Bankruptcy Law Specialist. Also practices in Immigration, Real Estate and Probate Law. Speaks Spanish. Hablamos Español.

Skip Field, Esquire
6809 Indiana Ave #153 Riverside CA 92506

(951) 237-2555
Practices Criminal Law. Serves Riverside, San Bernardino, Los Angeles, Orange, and San Diego counties.

criminal court

Autism Society Options Policy

This Resource Guide was developed to provide families and professionals with an opportunity to find resources related to autism in the Inland Empire in one place.

All information provided or published by the Autism Society Inland Empire is for information purposes only. Specific treatment, therapy or services should be provided to an individual only at the direction of the individual’s doctor, caregiver, or other qualified professional. References to any treatment or therapy option, program, service, or treatment provider are not an endorsement by the Autism Society. References of treatments, therapies, programs, services, and/or providers are not intended to be comprehensive statements. You should investigate alternatives that may be more appropriate for a specific individual. The Autism Society assumes no responsibility for the use made of any information published or provided. The Autism Society Inland Empire provides information, but it does not constitute medical or legal information. Referrals provided are suggestions to organizations that might help, but do not constitute a recommendation. The Autism Society Inland Empire cannot be held responsible for consequences that arise from individual dealings with a professional or organization. The inclusion of any organization does not imply endorsement, and omission does not imply disapproval. The Autism Society Inland Empire may add or remove organizations from this list at its discretion.