Helping Loved Ones Who Won't Help Themselves
If a family member or other loved one is struggling with substance abuse or psychological issues and will not seek out the help he or she needs, it puts you in an extraordinarily difficult position. Most likely, you do not want to force that person to do something unwillingly, but at the same time, you know that person needs help and something has to be done. In Florida, the Marchman Act and Bakers Act laws can provide a solution through temporary involuntary commitment for evaluation. It is important to work with an experienced lawyer who can help you understand the legal landscape and help you through the process.
At Legal Pathways to Recovery, Broward County Marchman Act attorney Andrew D. Washor has more than 35 years of legal experience in Florida. As a dedicated criminal defense lawyer and former prosecuting attorney in Broward County, attorney Washor has seen all types of alcohol and drug abuse cases. Our team can help you through the legal landscape of Marchman Act and Bakers Act cases as well as through the personal aspects of putting your family's life back together.
Marchman Act And Baker Act
The Marchman and Baker Acts are Florida laws that give you the ability to commit a family member or other loved one involuntarily into treatment or evaluation. While the Baker Act is focused on psychological issues, the Marchman Act is focused on drug and alcohol addiction issues. Both are set up to allow for involuntary commitment for those who are unable or unwilling to seek the help they need on their own.
A Marchman Act petition, which is focused on involuntary commitment to drug and alcohol abuse evaluation, can be brought by a spouse, parent or guardian, three adults together who are not related to the person being committed but have knowledge of the person's substance abuse problems, police, private practitioners and certain others.
The Baker Act is an involuntary commitment and evaluation for someone who is a risk to him or herself or another and who is possibly suffering from mental illness. A person committed to a facility cannot be held for longer than 72 hours without a psychiatric evaluation.
Both the Baker Act and the Marchman Act are intended to assist those who need to get help for loved ones who cannot or will not seek it on their own, while protecting the rights of the people who are being committed. At Legal Pathways to Recovery, we can help you understand the complex legal process and help you with the aftermath of an involuntary commitment proceeding.
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