One of our biggest priorities is making sure that our clients are taken care of in a healthy, safe, and stable environment. If it is a matter of getting that individual treatment that we believe they need, a medical doctor believes that they need, or will be beneficial to them in terms of preventing a recurrence while the case is pending, then generally we do encourage help. Oftentimes, we see people who do not necessarily have a chronic problem but were involved in a situation that was a one-time event. They believe that engaging in therapy, going through counseling, alcoholic anonymous, or something along those lines will persuade the judge, or persuade the prosecutor to drop the charges, and get them a more favorable deal.
In those situations, we do not recommend they jump into counseling, or seeking treatment until they have met with us, so we can determine where that would be most appropriate. Most cases take several months to resolve, and there may be a time when we believe that is going to be more productive. One of the things that we do not want to do is have our clients be forced to duplicate treatment that is not necessary. So, if a client goes to treatment voluntarily, and then the court does not accept that treatment, and orders a different treatment, now that client is doing the same thing, and we do not want to have them be forced to do that.
That is why we ask them to wait and let us incorporate that into our overall strategy as part of what we call mitigation. This is where we go through certain steps to humanize our clients, and make sure the court, and the prosecutor’s office can see that this person is taking very good steps to become rehabilitated. We ask that they keep that as part of our overall strategy, unless of course there is an immediate need to get into some chemical addiction therapy or to prevent a reoccurrence, or to prevent something that is going to trigger a relapse. If anyone of those were the case, we would certainly encourage our clients to get into treatment as quickly as possible.
Will I Have To Meet A Pretrial Probation Officer In The First Month Following An Arrest?
Most of the time, there is no need to meet with a pre-trial officer. Most of the time, for DUIs and misdemeanor offenses, such as domestic violence, or assault, as long as that individual does not have any open cases, on probation, or is not a repeat offender, there will not be a need to have a Pretrial Officer. For that level of offense, our clients generally do not have to meet with anybody. They do not have to report to a pretrial services division, be on ankle monitoring, on alcohol monitoring, or any of those things. They common, low-level offenses. But, when they become felonies, if somebody is on probation, or has a substance abuse problem, the judge may order that they report to some entity, which is either a probation officer, pretrial services, or to be monitored with an ankle monitor. They must comply with substance abuse, and monitoring provisions. It is addressed on a case-by-case basis, depending upon the charges, and that person’s history.
What Would You Advise Someone Who Has Recently Been Arrested?
After somebody has been arrested, it can be very traumatic for him or her, and very scary. They can end up with a lot of anxiety and stress. We ask our clients to focus on not beating themselves up about it, and ask them to focus on recognizing that it was a mistake. It is something that we are going to help them get through, so we encourage them to engage in activities that are going to help them cope with what they have been through, whether that is exercising, taking some time off, or spending some time with loved ones. It is very important in terms of establishing a good foundation for the remainder of the case.
We like to tell our clients that when they have been arrested, in most cases, they already have been through the worst of it. They have gone through the hardest part of the case, and everything is going to get better from that point forward. Once they have consulted with our office, met the team of defense attorneys, we give them some thoughts on how best to cope with what happened to them. From their perspective, it will give them a stable state of mind, allow us to do our job, and of course, we will instruct them on who they can talk to, what to say, what not to say, what not to post on social media, and give them all those practical tips. At the outset of their case, it is important to meet with an attorney, get a game plan in place so that we can address this situation clearly, and openly.
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