he has 6 counts against him from last charges to this dui...the state wants 8 years...he is not a bad person he has a addiction and mental health issues...i know he broke the law but they denied his bond and has a public offender that isn't doing much ..money is the issue to get a lawyer...can someone give me some advise on what my options are...He also did not do breathalizer test when he got dui...he hit a car to while he got dui i believe it is his 4th one..I want him to get some treatment but i don't think there letting that be a option..
I just feel there are worse people out there that get out like sex offenders and there walking are streets while theres is my father who obviously need help and not a bad person all his charges are related to his illness ...does he have any hope of getting out and getting the right help or is he going to get prison time....we are in florida if you need to know that..and his charges for probation were breaking in someones house...and having pills on him that were not his...also he has been in jail already now for 3 months ...
It sounds like he has a serious drinking problem. You need to get a very experienced DUI/DWI attorney. There is nothing any of us can do on this board to assist you. I really encourage to find a very experienced DUI/DWI attorney ASAP!!!
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If the State is seeking 8 years prison, either your father has a significant record; has violated his probation in the past; or is facing at least one serious felony. If your father does not have the financial resources to retain private counsel, and you believe your input may be helpful in terms of mitigation, perhaps you should try contacting your father's public defender directly.
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I'm sorry to hear of your father's difficulties. Our legal system is not designed to deal with mental health and addiction but is the default system to deal with people whose behavior causes problems.
Unfortunately the media and legislatures are taking the attitude that they want repeat DUI offenders locked up.
Probation means you have already been convicted of a crime. A judge decided that you did not need to be imprisoned to protect society, but you are subject to being searched or locked up at any time if someone thinks that decision might have been wrong. You have one foot in the jail cell already!
When talking to clients considering probation, I often compare it to being like moving back home with a step-parent who doesn’t like you. That step-parent gets to set your hours, tell you who your friends are, tell you where you can and cannot live, and talk to your boss at work. If he/she thinks you are breaking a rule, you can be put into jail until a decision is made. It is a significant change in your liberty.
Make sure his public defender knows about the mental health issues and addiction issues. It may be possible to get some sort of alternative to revocation. That lawyer knows his case far better than anyone on this forum. Perhaps you can coordinate getting information on your father's history for his lawyer.
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