Written by Marcos Beaton
A client recently came to us with a problem that we had never handled before. He was facing a Marchman Act petition under Chapter 397 of the Florida Statutes. For those that don’t know, Chapter 397 authorizes involuntary evaluation and treatment for substance abuse. And although we specialize in protecting clients from encroachment on their constitutional rights and freedoms, this case involved having to master an area of the law with which we had only — at best — a vague familiarity. So, how did we do it and what did we learn?