On March 19, 2020, California Gov. Gavin Newsom issued a statewide shelter at home order to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). This order effectively changed the way individuals, families and business owners operate. All schools, businesses and non-essential court hearings have come to a halt until further notice.
Although we are slowly starting to come out of this order and adjusting to this “new norm,” there is no doubt that all aspects of our lives have been impacted, including legal proceedings. Through this frustrating and stressful ordeal, some things, such as criminal proceedings, still have to go forward.
If you or a loved one has been charged with a crime and needs criminal defense, you need and deserve a Central valley criminal defense attorney to protect your legal rights. While most businesses have been put on hold, our criminal defense legal team is working full time to meet your criminal defense needs.
Police and Criminal Court Operation During Covid-19
Depending on the circumstances, some law enforcement departments are issuing warnings or citations instead of making arrests or issuing summonses in the field instead of bringing the charged individuals into the station for booking. In certain cases, law enforcement is even opting to delay planned arrests unless doing so increases risk to public safety.
Most criminal courts have been closed to the public and are only operating to hear essential or emergency matters in order to prevent the potential spread of COVID-19. However, it is important to note that although some court actions will not move forward, criminal charges will not disappear during courts’ closures.
To ensure the best possible way to handle your criminal matter and ensure that your legal rights are well protected, it is important to immediately consult with an experienced criminal defense lawyer. A good attorney will provide the information you need to plan your case with confidence during this difficult time while you await a court appearance or trial.
Call an Experienced Central Valley Criminal Defense Attorney
If you or someone that you care about has been arrested or charged with a crime that you did not commit, it is important that you immediately hire an experienced criminal defense attorney to help protect your legal rights and ensure that you have the best defense possible to avoid a criminal conviction.
For more information or to schedule a complimentary consultation with Central Valley criminal defense attorney Gurjit Srai, please call us at (209) 323-5558 or (559) 449-1447, or complete our online form.