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.

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.


The Autism Society Inland Empire Autism (ASIE) maintains these Resource Listings as a service to families as a reference tool. Every effort is made to ensure listings are up-to-date. ASIE does not endorse or claim to have personal knowledge of the abilities of those listed. The resources listed are not intended as a recommendation, referral, or endorsement of any resource or as a tool for verifying the credentials, qualifications, or abilities of any organization, product or professional. Users are urged to use independent judgment and request references when considering any resource associated with diagnosis or treatment of autism, or the provision of services related to autism.