By Collin County Criminal Defense Lawyer Jeremy Rosenthal
I’m asked every now and again by a family of a client if they shouldn’t just talk with a prosecutor in a case where their loved one clearly has a drug or alcohol problem — to see what the prosecutor can do to facilitate treatment.
That many not be the best idea.
Here’s why — because the prosecutor’s version of help and the real version of help may be completely different concepts.
Some prosecutors understand drug and alcohol dependency issues and others simply don’t. Prosecutors who tend to see addiction and mental disorders as excuses may use what you tell them as a battering ram against your loved one. To be fair — many prosecutors “get it” and do bend over backwards to help. The problem from a family member’s stand-point is that divulging negative information to an agent…
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