Do we need a lawyer? BM addicted to OXY.
So we just found out via public news that several months ago BM was caught stealing oxycodone from elderly patients at her medical facility. At the time, she admitted that she was stealing them for herself because she was addicted to them. She was charged with 2 felonies and the court hearing is next week. It's weird because we've been talking to her/seeing her since then and had no idea.
Of course my SO and I are quite literally shaking upon hearing the news and desperately want to do anything we can to help SD (13) who is currently living with BM and may have no idea that this is happening or what is going ot happen. Will BM have to do jail time? Will she have to do a tough rehab program? What if she relapses? How will all of this be on SD whom, I might add, has ADHD, behavioral issues, often mentions how she has no friends and is no good at anything, and has been struggling in school... and now this. Can BM handle all of SD's needs as well as her own?
My SO and I could give SD the world. We have stable jobs and just bought a townhouse with a spare bedroom that SD could have. But how do we do this? And should we do this?
I imagine considering that this is BM's first offense and that it is non-violent that the court may go easy on her. Best case scenario she may get to do an outpatient rehab program from home. I assume in this case that the court would not threaten to remove her child from her because they typically side with mom's and again, this is her first non-violent offense.
So do we just sit by and let this happen? Or do we get proactive? Are we supposed to be trying to negotiate directly with BM? Or do we go full legal mode and get a lawyer?
Have you ever been in a situation like this? What did you do? We're ready to act, but haven't quite decided on the best way to do that yet.