They should not be talking to Family Services. I don’t know that law enforcement would be as involved in the situation like that. An attorney getting involved in that case would be warning the client, if these allegations are true, to get going on getting into treatment right away. The attorney would try to make the client take responsibility for what’s really going on in their life – actively get them moving in the right direction much, much quicker than sometimes the public defender might do, where it just sort of waits until the Family Services has completed their investigation, made recommendations, and then it takes months for them to give the client a treatment place they could go to, and then you’re on a waiting list and it just takes so long. What I would do is try to find it right away on my own and get the client in there right away working on their problems quickly so that the case can go much quicker and they can get their lives back together and get their children back much, much quicker.
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