Praying for you and your son.
I don't want to sound like I'm not relating so well here and just going to the facts of things but please know I am truly feeling your pain and praying for you, your son and your family, praying for healing and peace for you.
He has a court date in January but it’s my understanding that there may be several more court dates before sentencing. Perhaps the lawyer can request a modification. I can ask him, although if you see my response to Deni, he wasn’t real helpful recently when I appealed to him. I am not ready to fire the guy, he’s been paid for, but if he can’t help us in this area I will damn sure find an advocate who can.Calling the attorney is essential. While it is a longshot it could be that his sentencing could be modified to deal with his emerging needs. For example, he could be diverted to a mental health facility
I think there were signs that psychosis was first, (did you mean before jail?) however he was functioning somewhat normally at his first court date because we were there with him. Nothing like he is now. I think solitary completely broke him.We don't really know how long he has been suffering. The psychosis could have come first. This presents legal issues.
That is good you emailed the jailer. You need to be absolutely specific in documenting what you’ve observed/heard. The deterioration. If it’s not in writing it doesn’t exist. Once it’s written it can’t be ignored. Correspondence is monitored. There can be investigations. Don’t worry if they get mad. Your son needs you to advocate for him.I’m not making any headway with his lawyer, unfortunately. I think he thinks his job is only to represent my son in court. He didn’t say that, but I’m coming to that conclusion based on his lack of impetus to move on this.
Originally, when he quoted a set fee and I paid it, he probably thought it was a cut and dry sort of thing and suggested getting my son in treatment right away, which we did. Of course, that didn’t last, he became homeless in another state, was on a drug binge, got arrested and jailed for misdemeanors in that state (lots of disorderly conduct), missed his court date with the lawyer, and was extradited back to the original state.
I contacted NAMI in that county and the mental health professional tried to assure me that if my son was exhibiting symptoms of psychosis, those in charge would surely notice. Right.
I just emailed the jailer as I couldn’t get past two rings then silence, on the jail phone. I explained the situation and asked him to refer my son to the proper person for an evaluation. If I have to I’ll hire an advocate if I can find one. I don’t want to beg to get the representation my son needs and I shouldn’t have to. I am spent.
Thank you good vibes for your comment and welcome, though sorry you have to be here.
I'm at a lose here. So if someone becomes psychotic because of drug use then it's okay for them to remain that way? As if it's there fault on their part so let them suffer? What is someone who is psychotic to learn from anything like this? To what extent does this make any sense morally, legally, logically? I hate to say it but even though that idjat lawyer has been paid for, I think I'd be looking for someone else more connected to reality to advocate for your son's care.he told me it was the drugs and it can take months to come out of. And that he had a similar situation with a client who got evaluated and it was found to be drugs so there was nothing they could do.
I had planned to do something but I was thinking more like a formal complaint to the legal board after this is all over. And a more immediate formal letter firing his a**. My stress level cannot take fighting with this guy right now. And besides, it is not lost on me that if he can’t be a mental health advocate for my son who is clearly suffering, how adequately will he represent him in court? I’ll just move on and be thankful it wasn’t a small fortune to pay him.Also put your concerns in writing to the lawyer. Don’t let him/her ignore you.
Yes, I heard the same about this jail, that their answer to every inmate disturbance is put them in solitary. I fear that my son will “go off” again and get put back there. It is frightening.in the state where he went to college, he was alarmed at how many inmates who were obviously mentally off were untreated or punished.
I think this lawyer’s only hope for helping my son was that he enter drug treatment. The judge would have looked kindly on that and perhaps saved him from prison or a stiffer sentence. And this guy’s defense lawyer skills would be successful. When that didn’t work and my son became homeless, on the streets and a “fugitive,” lawyers words, (like son is running from the law because he didn’t show up for court—believe me, he was too out of it and probably didn’t know he had a court date!) it seems his attitude changed. Drug addicts are ok as long as they’re getting treatment, I guess, otherwise they don’t seem to count with this guy.So if someone becomes psychotic because of drug use then it's okay for them to remain that way? As if it's there fault on their part so let them suffer?
getting rid of him and hiring someone else.
Dear NandinaI felt like he had been representing my son well
How will this help you now? Or help your son? Not at all. We have to deal with NOW.I was thinking more like a formal complaint to the legal board after this is all over.
This is a good question. We need to find out if he'll represent your son, by putting him on the spot to do so now.if he can’t be a mental health advocate for my son who is clearly suffering, how adequately will he represent him in court?
I might have given the wrong impression. I have no intention of firing that lawyer until I have someone to replace him. And the letter to the legal board would be in the aftermath. That doesn’t concern me now.I wouldn't throw out the baby with the bathwater yet. This attorney seems to be seeing his responsibility as within certain boundaries that do not coincide with your son's needs