Forensic Psychiatry

General Information

Forensic psychiatry is a subspecialty of psychiatry. All psychiatrists undergo four years of Adult Psychiatry training. Some, choose to subspecialize in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, others in Addiction Psychiatry. Others still, pursue one year fellowships in Forensic Psychiatry. Since 1992, to be considered board-eligible, one must complete a comprehensive training program in Forensic Psychiatry. This implies a certain number of psychiatrists have been “grandfathered” into this subspecialty, however, since this time, any psychiatrist wanting board certification must complete a program at an accreditation institution to be considered for the exam. Dr. Baghel is board-certified in Forensic Psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.

Forensic Services


  • Civil Competencies
  • Testamentary Capacity
  • Contractual Capacity
  • Guardianship
  • Psychiatric Damages
  • Undue Influence
  • Psychiatric Malpractice
  • Elder Abuse
  • Psychiatric Malpractice
  • Emotional Distress
  • Worker’s Compensation


  • Criminal Competency
  • Criminal Responsibility
  • Diminished Capacity
  • NICS (“Gun Evaluations”)
  • Insanity Defense
  • Sentence Mitigation
  • Sex Offender Evaluations
  • Miranda Right Waiver

Independent Psychiatric Examinations

  • Fitness for Duty
  • Americans with Disabilities Act Evaluations
  • Psychiatric Disabilities

Expert Witness or Consultant

Dr. Baghel encourages attorney’s to contact him regarding forensic cases. Once an attorney makes contact regarding a case, the attorney will have five business (5) days to retain Dr. Baghel’s services before they are available to other parties, including opposing counsel for the same case. Dr. Baghel charges an initial consultation fee, consisting of two hours of his billable rate. This fee is nonrefundable. Please contact Dr. Baghel for his Forensic Consultation Retention Agreement.