Throughout the pandemic, there has been a misconception that criminal charges will not be prosecuted and that you do not need an attorney. However, the courts and those providing legal services have always been considered part of the essential workforce and continue to be operational.
In an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19, courts across the State have limited their operations to emergency hearings and appearances, suspending or continuing all jury trials and extending procedural time limits. As the courts have eased into this new normal, many have begun allowing non-emergency appearances via remote technology.
At Ridley Defense, we know that these are confusing and challenging times. Our attorneys remain committed to providing unparalleled legal representation for our clients during the COVID-19 outbreak. We are here for you and can provide critical information about the court shutdown and legal processes.
The perceived court shutdown does not make you immune from prosecution and will not result in the automatic reduction or dismissal of your charges. Now, more than ever, you should be retaining the services of a knowledgeable criminal defense attorney if you are arrested for a crime.
During these uncertain times, it is essential to hire a criminal defense attorney that regularly practices out of the court where your case is going to be heard. Not all courts are handling criminal cases the same during the “Stay-at-Home" order; you need a lawyer who knows the local procedures and will file the appropriate paperwork to have your case heard remotely. In many cases, an attorney can make the appearance on your behalf.
A private defense lawyer will be able to provide you representation in court and can assist you with non-court related things like getting your license back, finding classes that may help your case, or getting out of jail if you are detained.
With the assistance of a criminal defense attorney, you can protect your rights and your freedom. The coronavirus has spread like wildfire through America's jails; you need a skilled trial attorney who can keep you out of jail and get you back on your feet.
Once the courts are fully operational, there will likely be a backlog of cases. Now is the time to retain an attorney who can present the facts of your case to a prosecutor prior to your case being filed. In some cases, a prosecutor may be willing to reduce the charges or forego filing. Without the help of a qualified defense lawyer, you will not be able to speak to a prosecutor before your arraignment, and you will be stuck behind a stack of cases.
Our attorneys are at the forefront, being some of the first to handle hearings using remote technology in the courts. We work with the prosecutors and court staff to get the best possible outcome in your case. You deserve attorneys who are well-respected throughout the community and will always protect your best interests.
Contact Ridley Defense today for a complimentary consultation by calling (805) 208-1866 or by sending us a message.