According to the Los Angeles Police Department, there has been a significant drop in the number of crimes committed in Los Angeles over the past month. CNN reported that crime has decreased by 23% and officers attribute this decline to the stay at home orders in place due to the current COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.
LAPD Chief Michel Moore stated that “people staying home in their neighborhoods, watching out for each other, and exercising social distancing is allowing us to have a safer city." The decrease in crime has occurred in almost every category of crime, including violent and property crimes. With fewer drivers on the road, there has also been a decrease in traffic accidents and DUI-related accidents.
The goal of the shelter in place order is to limit the spread of the dangerous COVID-19 virus. To help with the social distancing efforts, particularly in the criminal law arena, the state has set bail to $0 for those arrested on misdemeanor charges or low-level felonies--their goal is to help prevent the spread of the virus within jails and prisons by reducing the jail population size.
These changes in the bail system are certainly unprecedented, but these are unusual and uncertain times. If you are arrested for a crime in Los Angeles, you should contact an experienced Los Angeles criminal defense attorney at the Kann California Defense Group right away. This change in the bail system may apply to your case--we can look at your charges and help make sure you are treated fairly and that $0 bail is applied if possible. Right now, staying out of custody is more important than ever to avoid potential spreading of the coronavirus. We can assist you from the time of your arrest, during your bail hearing, and through the end of your case and will work tirelessly to provide a strong defense so your rights are protected. Contact us today for a free case consultation by calling 888-744-7730.