Forensic Services in Brooklyn, NY

Forensic psychiatry services, provided by board-certified psychiatrist Dr. David Salvage, play a vital role in various legal domains, including criminal, civil, employment, and family law. This specialized branch of psychiatry intersects with the legal system to conduct comprehensive evaluations and offer expert testimony that informs judicial decisions. Forensic psychiatrists also provide treatment to individuals within the criminal justice system and offer consultations to legal professionals. Their work ensures that those with mental health issues receive fair treatment and that legal outcomes are based on comprehensive psychiatric evaluations, creating a crucial link between mental health and the justice system. Contact Dr. Salvage to find out how his expertise and support can help guide your court case with the utmost care and professionalism.

Forensic services significantly aid a court case by providing specialized, impartial psychiatric evaluations and expert testimony, which can influence key legal decisions. Dr. Salvage, with decades of experience, plays a crucial role in various areas of law, including criminal, civil, family, and employment law.

Criminal Law

  • Forced or false confessions: Evaluating the validity and reliability of confessions, identifying any potential coercion or false admissions.
  • Competency to waive Miranda Rights: Assessing if a defendant understands and can voluntarily relinquish their rights.
  • Competency to stand trial: Determining if a defendant comprehends the legal proceedings and can participate in their defense.
  • Receiving sentencing: Clarifying if the defendant is mentally capable of understanding and accepting the court's sentence.
  • Involuntary intoxication: Providing insight into cases where impaired judgment occurred without the defendant's intent.
  • Sleep disorders: Using specialized evaluations to determine if a sleep disorder contributed to the criminal behavior.
  • Insanity defense: Analyzing the defendant's mental state at the time of the crime to establish an insanity defense.
  • Guilty but mentally ill: Conducting evaluations to support claims that mental illness influenced the defendant's actions.
  • Malingering: Identifying any intentional exaggeration or fabrication of symptoms by the defendant.
  • Sentencing adjustments: Evaluating mental health factors that may justify a modification in sentencing severity.
  • Impact of psychotropic medications: Assessing how psychiatric medications affect a defendant's behavior and decision-making.

Employment Law

  • Harassment and discrimination: Evaluating claims of workplace harassment and discrimination from a psychiatric perspective.
  • Disability: Assessing mental health disabilities and their impact on job performance.
  • ADA compliance: Determining essential job functions and reasonable accommodations under the ADA.
  • Worker's compensation: Providing psychiatric evaluations related to workplace injuries and compensation claims.

Family Law

  • Parental rights: Assessing a parent's ability to make sound decisions regarding their child's welfare.
  • Custody recommendations: Offering impartial evaluations to determine the best interests of the child in custody disputes.
  • Abuse and neglect: Investigating allegations of child abuse or neglect with professional expertise.
  • Special needs assessments: Evaluating the specific needs and mental health status of children in family law cases.
  • Parental capacity: Determining if a parent can provide a safe and supportive environment for their child.

Civil Law

  • Emotional injury: Assessing psychological harm in personal injury and emotional distress cases.
  • Class action and multiple litigants: Providing evaluations for cases involving multiple plaintiffs.
  • Guardianship: Determining an individual's capacity to make informed decisions about their welfare and finances.
  • Testamentary and financial decisions: Evaluating mental capacity in matters of wills and financial management.

Fantastic Psychiatrist - I can't say enough wonderful things about David Salvage. It's extremely difficult to find a psychiatrist who actually listens, takes their time with you and works 'with you' to find the right medication for whatever you are struggling with. David is a gem, and I would recommend him to everyone and anyone who is seeking quality care. David, besides everything I just mentioned is kind, extremely knowledgeable, and has such a calm presence. The office was amazing. It's super cozy and unique, and not sterile like so many other offices I've been to. You will not regret scheduling with him. Thank you, David!

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Dr Salvage is a highly intelligent, generous, and sympathetic doctor. He is very gentle, listens intently, and makes you feel as if you are in a partnership aimed toward your best health. I recommend him highly.

P. Vitals

I've been a patient of Dr. Salvage for over three years. He is a true professional. He goes out of his way to provide excellent service. Dr. Salvage is a rarity in psychiatry. While he is a medical doctor, he has a highly humanistic manner and approach that makes you feel welcomed as soon as you walk into his office. I highly recommend him.

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Dr. Salvage has literally saved the lives of 2 of my family members. He is so kind and caring and his knowledge of psychopharmacology is amazing. Depression and anxiety are difficult to manage long-term and his therapy and med selection has taken us all from some very dark places into a more balanced life filled with happiness. We still struggle, but with Dr. Salvage’s care, we have hope again.

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Dr. Salvage's extensive qualifications make him a leading expert in forensic psychiatry. Trained at New York University-Bellevue Medical Center with a focus on forensic psychiatry, Dr. Salvage has more than 25 years of experience serving as an skilled witness in both criminal and civil cases. He has taught forensic psychiatry at New York Medical College and contributes his expertise to organizations, such as the Fortune Society and the Health and Hospitals Corporation. Additionally, Dr. Salvage is a board-certified psychiatrist by the American Academy of Psychiatry who has consulted for numerous private corporations and individuals, bringing a comprehensive and detailed understanding of psychiatric principles to a wide range of legal matters. His thorough and impartial psychiatric evaluations ensure that the legal system benefits from well-informed and fair decisions, enhancing justice for all involved.

With more than 25 years of expertise in criminal and civil matters, Dr. Salvage is dedicated to delivering thorough and impartial evaluations that support fair legal outcomes. Contact Dr. Salvage today to discuss how his forensic services can assist with your case, ensuring that every detail is handled with the utmost professionalism and integrity. Due to the confidential nature of forensic issues, Dr. Salvage prefers to be contacted by phone at 646-373-1138.

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