The current COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic has had a huge impact on almost every aspect of our lives. It has changed the way we work, how we go to school, and has limited many of the activities we can do. It has also taken a toll on the criminal justice system. The following are a few answers to questions you may have about how COVID-19 has impacted the criminal justice system, from arrests and charges, to early releases and video hearings.
- Can I Still Get Arrested? The answer to this question is yes--if you are participating in criminal behavior, you can still get arrested. COVID-19 has led to a decrease in overall arrests because for misdemeanors and nonviolent crimes officers are instead issuing warnings and citations. However, it is still possible to be arrested especially if you are suspected of committing a felony or violent crime.
- Can I Still Be Sent to Jail? Because COVID-19 spreads so easily and quickly, the state is taking precautions in an attempt to avoid the spread of the virus in prisons. As a result, bail has been set to $0 for many criminal charges (once again usually misdemeanors and non-violent crimes) so that suspects do not have to remain in custody and risk COVID-19 exposure. Still, if you are arrested for a violent crime, you may still be kept in custody.
- Are the Courts Still Holding Hearings? Though courts have been closed physically, many are still trying to carry on with their proceedings via video hearings. However, many have extended deadlines for filings and hearings, meaning there could be some delay in court dates for appearances, hearings, and trials.
- Can my Loved One be Released Early from Jail? Currently, California prisons and jails are attempting to decrease the number of people in custody to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus. If you have a loved one that is currently incarcerated, they may have the opportunity to be released early, particularly if they have an underlying health condition.
Talk to a Skilled Southern California Criminal Defense Attorney
Dealing with criminal charges can certainly be difficult, but trying to navigate the criminal justice system right now, during the current COVID-19 crisis, can feel totally overwhelming. If you or a loved one has been arrested or are facing criminal charges, reach out to the experienced Los Angeles criminal defense attorneys at Kann California Law Group.
We have years of experience helping clients with all types of criminal charges and at all stages of the criminal justice process. We can help answer your questions regarding charges and possible defenses, as well as any questions you have about court procedure and early release. We can discuss your situation in a free case consultation, so call us today at 888-744-7730 or contact us through our online form!