Earlier this month in Court I obtained an important goal for my client
and was reminded why I am a lawyer.
I obtained an expungement of my client's decades-old involuntary commitment
under the Mental Health Procedures Act. Many years ago my client uttered
a foolish threat, during a very stressful situation, for the purpose of
getting attention and sympathy. What it got him was committed.
Although he was told he would be "signing himself in voluntarily"
that turned out not to the case. Instead he was subjected to a several
day-long commitment even though he had no mental illness. Upon his release,
he went to retrieve his firearms that had been seized, many of which were
family heirlooms, and was told - for the first time - that he had involuntarily
committed and his firearms would not be returned.
Since then my client has been living with the humiliation of having been
committed. He then came to see me. I filed a petition to expunge his prior
involuntary commitment. We showed my client had no prior mental health
history of any kind and just recently had a complete and thorough psychological
evaluation showing him to be in fine mental health.
The petition was granted, the prior commitment was expunged and my client's
2nd Amendment right to keep and bear arms has been restored.
Now my client no longer has to live with this albatross around his neck
and is free to seek new employment and fully exercise his Constitutional
rights. He was visibly moved and relieved when the Judge issued the Order.
He said he did not know how to thank me. That felt good.
Yes, every once in a while it feels good to be a lawyer.