Your previous expert has asked me to assist you. First, the reason you have some attorneys telling you he could do 7 years is because that is the maximum sentence
for the first offense and when they are able to negotiate it down (as the other attorneys said would likely happen) they will look like a hero to you. Also, some attorneys always tell the clients the worst scenario because this way the client cannot come back later if the attorney cannot get the charges reduced and accuse the attorney of making promises they cannot keep. Second, while these charges are serious, if he has mitigating facts here to show that the involuntary commitment was never perfected even if the doctors may have suggested it, then the chances are better than not that his attorney will be able to argue that no involuntary commitment was ever actually served and that he had no way of knowing that one was every even suggested by the doctors. While nobody can predict the outcome here, if the facts are as you say, then chances are a good attorney will be able to negotiate with the prosecutors to something that is at the very least a minimal offense and likely could get a dismissal (but none of this is a guarantee, which is what the attorneys telling you 7 years are trying to make you understand). What you need to do is just get him an attorney, pick one that is in the middle of the pack, not the cheapest not the most expensive, and then give them all of the information and evidence you have available for them to negotiate his case. This is the best you can do for him.
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