Challenges & Appeals of Involuntary Commitments
Harrisburg Mental Health Lawyers Ready to Help You
When a person is admitted to a psychiatric hospital or unit against their own will, it is considered an involuntary commitment. This can occur when that person is determined to be a danger to themselves and / or others within the past 30 days. Police officers, health care providers, family members, and loved ones may all be able to request an involuntary commitment of an individual.
Scaringi Law is here to help clients challenge and appeal involuntary commitments. We understand that this can be a difficult and sensitive time, which is why we provide respectful and personalized counsel every step of the way.
Questions? Call our Harrisburg mental health law attorneys today at (717) 775-7195.
What Happens if I Am Committed?
It is crucial that you understand how your rights and freedoms can be impacted if you are committed against your will. You may lose certain rights during your commitment, as well as your time after. For example, those who have been involuntarily committed due to a mental illness have their right to possess and own guns stripped way because they are seen as a previous danger to themselves and others. Other consequences can be just as concerning, which is why it is imperative that you work with a skilled attorney to protect your rights as much as possible during this time.
You may have a hearing scheduled under the following sections of the Pennsylvania Mental Health Procedures Act after a 302 commitment:
- Section 303 – extension of up to 20 days
- Section 304 – extensive of up to 90 days
- Section 305 – extensive of up to 180 days
No matter the type of involuntary mental health commitment hearing you are facing, our team is ready to defend your freedom as necessary. Our firm can make sure your best interests remain protected and you are thoroughly represented in the hearing. We strive to obtain the least restrictive alternative for treatment and preserve our clients’ liberties. If a ruling or decision has been made, we stand ready to appeal or challenge the commitment.
Call Scaringi Law for Trusted Counsel Today
Scaringi Law is passionate about seeking justice for our clients. Whether we are navigating serious criminal matters or fighting to protect their freedoms in an involuntary commitment appeal, our team treats every case with respect, care, and attention to detail.
We are experienced in representing clients who have been diagnosed with mental health illnesses. If you are concerned about your rights and liberties, look no further than Scaringi Law
Contact our Harrisburg mental health lawyers at (717) 775-7195 to set up an initial consultation. We are ready to advocate for you!