Penal Code § 1368, Mental Competency & Declaring a Doubt

It is not uncommon for defendants to insist upon giving a speech of sorts to the judge because the defendant feels it is important that the judge understands defendant better.  The impression such speeches give, however, is usually not the one intended.  It can lead to the defense attorney to “declare a doubt” on the record as to defendant’s competence.  What happens next?  Click on the following link to read about declaring a doubt.

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