Right to counsel - substance abuse

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Legislation, Involuntary Medical Treatment (incomplete)

For proceedings involving involuntary treatment for drug/alcohol use, RC 5119.94(B) provides that “If, after reviewing the allegations contained in the petition and examining the petitioner under oath, it appears to the probate court that there is probable cause to believe the respondent may reasonably benefit from treatment, the court shall do all of the following ...(3) Notify the respondent that the respondent may retain counsel and, if the person is unable to obtain an attorney, that the respondent may be represented by court-appointed counsel at public expense if the person is indigent.”

Appointment of Counsel: categorical Qualified: yes