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Marchman Act

Navigating through the legal system is a frightening and often times daunting task.  The extra pressure and stress that is compounded by knowing that the health and well being of your loved one depends on your ability to figure this process out is insurmountable.  If your loved one is struggling and you need direction and or support working with the Court System to have them assessed under the Marchman Act of Florida, Call Attorney Marla J. Ferguson, Esq. today, she has the experience with the Marchman Act and the patience and perseverance required to navigate you seamlessly through the process.

What is the Marchman Act?
The State of Florida put the Marchman Act in place to assist families who have a loved one who is substance abuse impaired; and because of such impairment, he or she (1) has lost the power of self-control with respect to substance use, and either (2) has inflicted or is likely to inflict physical harm on him or herself or others unless admitted, or (3) his or her judgment is so impaired that he or she is incapable of appreciating his or her need for care and of making a rational decision regarding the need for care, or (4) has refused to submit to voluntary assessment. When your loved one is incapable of helping themselves the Marchman Act gives families of addicts the power to take the addict out of their environment and put them into a hospital for assessment and stabilization, involuntarily and against their will if so needed.

Who does the Marchman Act help?
The Marchman Act applies to anyone who has a loved one struggling with addiction.

How Much does it cost?
It is free to file a Petition for Involuntary Assessment and Stabilization. The subject of the Marchman is appointed a public defender if they cannot afford an attorney.

How do I get my loved one picked up for involuntary treatment and assessment?

Go to the courthouse and file a Petition for Involuntary Assessment and Stabilization with the clerk.

Or call attorney Marla J. Ferguson to help you wade through the legal procedure and get your loved one help today.