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Our son has a bail hearing today for aggravated assault. He has a psychosis and not taking medsHow do we get them court mandated therapy instead of being held without bond?

Lawyer's Assistant: Because laws vary from place to place, can you tell me what state this is in?

Maryland, Montgomery County. His sister is the victim and does not want to press charges. We do want to get him Treatment and help

Lawyer's Assistant: Have you talked to a lawyer yet?

No not yet.

Lawyer's Assistant: Anything else you want the lawyer to know before I connect you?

No not yet. Hearing should be 1 PM or so today

Submitted: 8 months ago.Category: Criminal Law
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Unfortunately the bond hearing is not the forum in which a judge can order your son into a treatment facility.

That happens later in the case. Today's hearing will be only limited to the issuance of a bond amount, and you can then decide whether you want to bail him out of custody or not.

At the next court hearing, referred to as Arraignment your son will assigned a public defender, if he is unable to afford a private defense attorney.

It's at this point that his attorney would be able to apprise the court of his mental health situation and ask that his case be transferred to mental health court.

The case should then be transferred to a special division of the courts, known in most jurisdicitions as mental health court, and it's here that the judge will be able to order your son into a treatment or residential center to receive therapy as part of his case.

I hope that helps explain things. I know the process can be a little confusing or difficult to maneuver, let me know if you still have any other questions.

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