FAMILY HELP WITH DRUG AND ALCOHOL ABUSE
Recently, I represented a family in Ponte Vedra Beach regarding getting their adult daughter help with drug addiction. This case has been featured on The Dr. Phil Show over the past 7 years. What most people don’t know is that even if the person at risk is an adult, a family can attempt to force them into treatment for drug abuse or alcohol abuse through the court system. The procedure is called the Marchman Act ( Florida Statute 397).
If the drug addict or alcoholic is an immediate risk to himself or herself, and it can be shown to the judge, the judge can order that person to be evaluated and even possibly, ordered to in-residence treatment. However, it is a high level of proof which is required. James S. Werter, Attorney at Law, has handled many of these types of cases as well as other family law issues, such as divorce and custody issues. If you live in the Jacksonville, Ponte Vedra Beach, Palm Coast or Palatka areas, contact him at 904.827.0446, for a consultation or online here.