As authorities had instituted legal action, celebrity Amanda Bynes was initially detained for a 72 hour hold following setting her neighbor's driveway on fire. Technically, this is arson but Judge Eugene Hyman, retired from the Superior Court in Santa Clara, California, says that a mental evaluation hold is an alternative way of dealing with a criminal case, especially when there is no violence.
Hyman says that as long as she's complying with the requirements of the program, there's a good chance no criminal charges will be filed. He says this is a more desirable way of dealing with these instances because ultimately, you want the person helped.
Initially, her parents were instituting her so that suggests to Hyman there are two systems that are potentially going on - a mental health system and whether there will be a temporary or permanent conservatorship.
As this case relates more to mental health than bad behavior, the whole idea is to keep Bynes out of the criminal justice system because the system isn't set up to work these types of people, says Hyman.
Honorable Judge Eugene Hyman has received numerous awards and recognition for his work with families and children and has appeared on numerous television news shows. For more information, visit www.judgehyman.com. He is also a featured commentator on The Family Law Channel and The Legal Broadcast Network.