Michael’s Story

Michael has been struggling with a severe drug addiction and mental illness. He was charged with criminal offences during a period of time when he was hospitalised for his mental health issues and behaviour associated with addiction.

Eventually, Michael’s substance abuse and deteriorating mental health resulted in him losing his job and family. During his court appearances, Michael showed he was deeply remorseful for the criminal behaviour he had participated in and recognised the need to address his own substance abuse issue.

The Lawyer from the Mental Health Law Centre succeeded in persuading the Court not to hand down any immediate term of imprisonment and instead give Michael a suspended sentence. This result was positive as it motivated Michael to seek immediate treatment for both his drug addiction and psychiatric problems.

Michael felt that he would succeed in staying drug and crime free thanks to the legal support and the advice he had received.

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