Many of our clients are chemically dependent upon alcohol or drugs, many suffer from mental health issues, and some clients are "dual-diagnosis," where chemical dependency is coexisting with a mental health medical condition. These clients may face criminal prosecution for conduct which is uncharacteristic for them and is directly related to chemical dependency or mental health/medical conditions. At Rothschild Wishek & Sands LLP we work with clients on their underlying issues and help them access appropriate treatment when necessary.

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Getting into treatment and dealing with these underlying issues is fundamental to a positive outcome in many criminal proceedings and to continued success on probation. In the legal system, judges and prosecutors often will support clients getting treatment. They understand how these issues can lead to uncharacteristic bad choices and that successful treatment can keep someone from further encounters with the criminal justice system. Even if convicted of a crime, entering a treatment program may substantially lessen the length of a sentence, or even help avoid jail or prison entirely.

Alcohol and drug use are major contributors to crime in the U.S., both in regard to alcohol and drug-related offenses and to other crimes committed under the influence or as an outgrowth of drug and alcohol use.  The prison system exists to segregate convicted offenders from the general population and serve societal needs for punishment and retribution. It is not set up to help people with drug or alcohol problems or mental health issues.  The best result is to help people get the treatment they need and avoid incarceration if possible.  Our attorneys work with a network of professionals to connect people with the proper sources for help.  We assist clients in getting evaluated by the proper health care providers, including psychologists, psychiatrists, and medical doctors, and further help them into the appropriate treatment programs.

Part of the firm's community involvement entails working with community treatment organizations such as IMPACT, and the Silkworth Memorial Fund Treatment Center.  The firm offers its time and financial support to assist these worthwhile organizations in their mission to help others overcome addiction and related problems.

When drugs, alcohol, or mental health issues are interfering with one's personal or professional life to the point where legal authorities or administrative agencies are becoming involved, contact Rothschild Wishek & Sands LLP for professional legal advice and representation from an experienced lawyer.  Our attorneys are committed to assisting our clients in locating facilities and programs that can help them overcome their problems and regain control over their lives.

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