Hello. My very close friend has been in serious trouble with the law and on his 5th offense drunk driving currently. We live in the state of wisconsin. He is an ex-marine and I feel he as on a pathe of self destructuion. He has never been diagnose with post tramatic stress syndrome but he has all the symptoms. He was shot and injured but luckily survived. I have been trying to get the courts to help me. He is a wonderful man that has some emotional problems. I would hate to see them put him away for a very long time and throw away the key. He does NOT deserve this. I don't know who to turn to to help and advice us.
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Hello and thank you for the opportunity to assist you. There may be a slight delay between your follow ups and my replies as I am typing out my answer. Please remember that this is general information only, not legal advice, and no attorney-client relationship is formed.I am very sorry for your friend's situation. Can you please tell me:-does he have an attorney?-publicly appointed or private?-if not private, is it because he cannot afford one?This not an answer, but an Information Request. I need this information to answer your question. Please reply, so I can answer your question. I look forward to helping you.
he has a court appointed lawer I think. We've never discussed it very much. He doesn't like talking about. He is in very serious trouble and needs helps soon.
Thank you.You state, "I don't know who to turn to to help and advice us." What are you asking, exactly, since this is a very open-ended question and I want to make sure that we are on the same page.Thanks again in advance.
I'm looking for legal advice in what can be done to convince the courts(da,po officeand judge) to have him evaluated by a shrink. And should I get another lawyer for him?
Thank you very much for your reply, Michele.At this point, there is little that you can do. His attorney - appointed or retained - would have to argue this. The good news is that as part of the Adjudication of the case, he will be ordered to seek counseling, and the counselor will report back to the Court, and the Judge may order mandatory rehab.What he is facing:-6 months to 6 years jail-$600 to $10,000 fine-2 Years to 3 Years suspended license-Occupational License – After 90 Days, or 12 Months (If 2 Offenses within a 5 Year Period)-SR22 Insurance Required (For Occupational License)-Ignition Interlock Device or,-Vehicle May Be Immobilized or Seized-Alcohol AssessmentYou would do good by retaining an attorney for him. Public defenders are excellent attorneys, but often overworked. A retained attorney can allow more time for his case. Expect his attorney to push for a milder sentence and more focus on rehab than jail due to his service and other factors.You may also bond him out, if he has not already bonded out.Finally, you may testify on his behalf - his attorney will tell you when - and it may not be a bad idea to gather individuals and community leaders as well as his commander (if local) to also testify on his behalf.I hope this finds you well. Please click Reply to Expert to keep talking, or rate my answer when we are finished. Kindly rate my answer as one of the top three faces because this is how I get credit for my time with you. Otherwise, reply to chat more until we are finished and you are ready to rate. I work very hard to formulate an informative answer for you; please reciprocate my good faith. (You may always ask follow ups free after rating.)
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