How to fight the Baker Act?
A drug and alcohol attorneys, we are taking calls from families from all over the state of Florida whose loved ones are being involuntarily committed because of the Baker Act. Unfortunately, this statute designed to help people is being misused and misapplied. As a result, many people are being held against their will in violation of the Baker Act at facilities where they are receiving drugs and medications, no access to good care, and, more importantly, no access to their families.
If you have a loved one that’s been improperly baker acted, the key to getting them out and being successful is to be the first one to the courthouse. If you play offense and not defense, there is a good chance we can help you. However, if you wait past the 72 hours in which the hospital can hold your loved one, then they may go to the courthouse and file a petition for involuntary placement. If that happens, you’re going to be playing defense, and it’s going to be much harder to get your loved one out. They could end up in a state mental health facility for up to six months, so don’t play defense, play offense.
If you need any more information, give us a call at 561-419-6095, or you can email me, Mark, at drugandalcoattorneys.com.