My step-son was arrested for aggravated assault. He has never been in trouble before. Unfortunately, the assault was against me. He was definitely not thinking! He threw me against a wall and held a knife to my throat. I got away unharmed. I ran to a neighbors and they called the police. The state is ordering a mental evaluation since he did not see anything wrong with what he did. I don't want him to get lost in the system and I want him to get help if the evaluation shows a illness. how much time could he get for this and should we push for time in a hospital versus jail. I did not press charges but the police officers did. if it wasn't family i wouldn't try to help due to the pain and trauma i went through but I am at a loss of what to do so his life isn't ruined forever. Please advise.