We help protect your legal rights during a Baker Act!
Feel your legal rights have been abused in a Baker Act within Florida? We can help.

In need of help from a lawyer who works primarily with Baker Acts?

The Baker Act was initiated over 200,000 times in recent years. No lawyer was involved for help at this stage of the Baker Act. A lawyer from the Public Defender's office only gets involved in a Baker Act to help after a receiving facility files a petition for continued treatment. There is less than a 50% chance a court hearing will be held. In most Baker Act cases, no lawyer is involved to help guarantee your rights are observed.

What is a Baker Act?

Why Us?

The Florida Mental Health Act, commonly known as the Baker Act, allows the involuntary examination of individuals based on mental illness and "substantial likelihood" of serious dangerousness. The Baker Act can be initiated by judges, law enforcement officers, physicians, or mental health professionals.  It is most often initiated by law enforcement or ER doctors.
You need your own experienced lawyer to help. I am a lawyer familiar with Baker Act laws, rules, and typical procedures. My practice concentrates on working on Baker Act issues. Free self-help is insufficient. Probably, your legal rights guaranteed by Florida and Federal laws weren't observed. 

You need a lawyer to explain the process, get transferred, discharged, contact the facility, and to work on your behalf.

You want a Baker Act lawyer familiar with Florida laws and rules to complain after discharge.

Get correct information about your gun rights and background checks from an experienced Baker Act lawyer.

The Baker Act is governed by Florida law. People can get a Baker Act anywhere in Florida.  Often times, a family takes the individual to an emergency room for help and/or law enforcement intervenes.
Contrary to the original goal to help those involved, individuals are taken into a psychiatric receiving facility against wishes, . Once a Baker Act occurs, individuals are not free to leave and no one can simply "take them home" until the receiving facility decides to discharge them.
​​Often, Baker Act initiation is unfair. There is conflicting information about "voluntary" or involuntary status, competence, medication, restraint, seclusion, communication, medical records, transfer, or firearm rights. Sometimes, a stranger rather than a family member or friend is asked to make decisions about treatment. In some Baker Act cases, a person might even be considered a voluntary patient after signing one of several papers given in a stack of documents they are required to sign. To "add insult to injury," the patient will also have fees charged by the receiving facility/hospital.
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