It sounds like there are a lot of legal ways for him to get his life back in financial order, but
I like WA law best. Prosecuted for SD and found NOT guilty in WA state, the governmental entity that prosecuted you has to anti up your lawyers fees, your lost wages and any other monetary damages and interest incured because you were being procecuted for a legal SD situation...no extra court time needed...Not Guilty...the judge awards it right there and then. It's state law.
Believe me, the local prosecuters look long and hard before they charge anyone they know will plead SD. IT doesn't mean they charge no-one, it only means they charge only those that have really questionable SD defences.