What Is The Marchman Act?

The Marchman Act is a Florida Statute that provides for the voluntary or involuntary commitment of a person for a substance abuse assessment. The Petition asking the Court to force a person to be assessed must show that there are good faith reasons to believe that:  (1) the person is substance abuse impaired, (2) because…

What Is The Baker Act?

The Baker Act is a Florida Statute that permits the involuntary admission of a person to a treatment facility for a mental health examination. An adult may be held for up to seventy-two hours for the involuntary examination.  The examination period for a minor (someone who is seventeen or younger) is shorter.  The examination will…