A client’s family came to us regarding three open cases in three different counties. The charges involved: a new charge for felony drug possession; a violation of probation related to drug possession; and a DUI.
We immediately worked closely with a local treatment program to get the client into a residential program to serve two purposes: 1) To protect the client’s personal health; and 2) To provide substantive mitigation to the various prosecutors.
Approximately two months into treatment, the client was charged with a fourth case in another county. This exposed him to significant additional risk since all jurisdictions could now charge him with violating bail bonds conditions. That would include mandatory imprisonment if they so desired.
In the interim, we negotiating with each county to create a global disposition which allowed the client to remain on probation and out of custody.