The Marchman Act, Chapter 397 of the Florida Statutes, is designed to help individuals impaired by drugs or alcohol to overcome their substance abuse problems. It offers a stronger alternative to people checking themselves into rehab for a week and then checking themselves right back out. Under the Marchman Act, the authority of the Florida court keeps individuals in treatment.
At O'Halloran & Simmons, Attorneys at Law, we have handled hundreds of Marchman Act cases over the past several years, representing clients on both sides of the issue. As lawyers with more than 45 years of experience, we can represent you, too.
The Marchman Act: Providing Help for Substance Abuse
Any family member or unrelated individuals with direct knowledge of the relevant facts can petition the court to become involved and order the allegedly impaired person into treatment. The first step is assessment: the court will determine whether or not the person is a danger to himself or herself or to others. The second step is treatment: the individual may be ordered to attend counseling sessions, enter an intensive inpatient residential treatment program or more.
Because this is a formal court procedure, all the rules of evidence are in play. In addition, the respondent will also have a court-appointed attorney fighting for him or her. That is why it is vital that you do not try to navigate this process on your own.
If you believe your family member or friend needs substance abuse help, get one of our experienced Marchman Act attorneys on your side. We will discuss the details of your situation, draft the petition for you and present all applicable evidence and witnesses to the court.
Contact Florida Substance Abuse Treatment Attorneys
To arrange an initial consultation with our Fort Myers attorneys for Marchman Act cases, call O'Halloran & Simmons at 239-603-6337 or toll free at 888-336-7912, or e-mail our Fort Myers office today. We look forward to assisting you.