Our expert says:
YOu'd best talk with wichever lawyer is representing him --- either one who you could provide, or, as he is probably classified as indigent, one provided by the state ( who is probably overworked and may be less efficient ). But the lawyer can arange for him to be sent for observation, perhaps to a state hospital, for a thorough assessment so that a report can be written to be presented to the Court. A court might even be able to order a period of compulsory treatment in place of jail time, or if he was sentenced to jail, the court could insist that he must receive counselling and psych assistance while there. Its also possible that a compromise could be reached, with the court's assistance, with her dropping the charges and the court ordering him to spend a suitable amount of time in treatment. There are some drug rehab programmes like Magaliesoord which would need a court order to admit him, and can be very useful.
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