Involuntary Commitment Lawyers in Southern Pennsylvania
According to Pennsylvania law, an individual who presents a “clear and present danger” to him or herself, or another individual, within the past 30 days can be involuntarily commitment to a mental health facility or hospital if he or she refuses treatment. This situation can be emotionally trying on an entire family. However, it may be necessary in order to protect a loved one.
You do not have to face this situation alone. Our lawyers at Prince Law Offices, P.C., are dedicated to helping families deal with involuntary commitment issues as they may arise. We can advise you of your rights and options under the Mental Health and Procedures Act, and provide you with information about what can be done for your loved one.
Once an individual has been involuntarily committed, he or he will lose certain rights, some for life, even after being released from the hospital. One such right is the right to keep and bear arms. This is due to the fact that the individual was once a danger to himself, herself or others. Even if he or she voluntarily committed him or herself, the hospital may structure paperwork to appear as though the individual is being involuntarily committed, resulting in the loss of rights.
Since rights can be lost, an involuntary commitment must not be taken lightly. Any errors in paperwork or other issues may result in the committed individual’s record needing to be expunged. A knowledgeable lawyer at our firm can ensure that your rights as a family and the individual’s rights are protected. The sooner we can become involved in the case, the better.
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To schedule a free consultation, except for firearms law consults, with a Pennsylvania mental health commitment lawyer from our firm, call our offices at 610-845-3803 or 888-313-0416 or contact us online.