Addiction Law Practice Areas
Our experience and knowledge of the nuances of addiction and addiction in the law has application across various areas of the law.
Inpatient treatment at no cost.
The Florida Marchman Act is a law that allows the family or friends of a person who is out of control through the use of drugs or alcohol to receive inpatient treatment at no cost. Few people are aware of this law. Our firm can file all the necessary papers in court to have a family member of friend treated at government expense. The papers must establish that the person has lost the power of self-control with respect to substance or alcohol abuse and is incapable of appreciating his or her need for care and of making a rational decision regarding his or her need for care.
With a Marchman Act petition, the person needing treatment will get that treatment at NO COST.
Abused Spouse - Children in Danger?
Alcohol abuse and drug abuse ruin more families than all other causes combined. Judges are very concerned about the effect of drug and alcohol abuse on the children. If you are a spouse who is afraid for their children - we can help. If you are a spouse who has been prohibited from seeing your children, we can help. We understand addiction and have litigated many hundreds of cases involving drug and alcohol abuse involving the parents rights to see time share with their children.
Addiction is the number one cause of crime in the United States. In fact, a large majority of all crimes involve alcohol or drug abuse either directly or indirectly. The law and court system understands addiction. There are programs such as Drug Court where first time offenders who are arrested for a drug possession offense can participate in the program and have their charges dismissed. In more serious cases,
addiction is recognizes as mitigation in both state and federal crimes. In Federal Court a person who is sentenced and admitted to the DAP program can receive up to a year off his or her sentence.
Florida Bar Admissions
We represent many applicants to the Florida Bar through their application process through the Florida Board of Bar Examiners. The Bar Examiners are very well aware of the pitfalls of addiction but are open minded and receptive to those who have suffered from substance abuse problems in the past but are firmly on the road to recovery. Both Richard Baron and Jerry Breslln act as monitors for the Florida Lawyers Assistance Program for applicants to the Florida Bar and persons conditionally admitted to the Florida Bar.
Drug Court - DUI Diversion
Drug addiction or alcoholism is a neurobiological brain disorder which can and does cause diminished mental capacity. There are programs such as Drug Court where first time offenders that are arrested for a drug possession offense can participate in the program and have their charges dismissed. Also, there is a DUI diversion program for first time DUI offenders can have their charges dismissed with no criminal record.
Consultation for the Intervention, Treatment and Support of Professionals
and Related Professional Discipline
Between 15% and 24% of all lawyers—roughly one in five—will personally develop problems related to alcohol or substance abuse.
Roughly 60% of attorney discipline cases are related to alcohol or substance abuse. We have been representing attorneys, physicians and other professionals in discipline and professional misconduct matters for years. In this regard the Florida Bar as well as the Rules of Professional Conduct recognize addiction or alcoholism as a mitigating factor in imposing discipline. We have successively litigated addiction or alcoholism as a mitigation in lawyer misconduct matters to the Florida Supreme Court.