As the world takes on a new normal as the novel coronavirus sweeps through the nation, those who have been accused of crimes are now more than ever in need of trusted criminal defense that can help them through the adapted court procedures and ensure their rights have not been compromised as a result of COVID-19.
Across the country, some states and counties are utilizing an expedited bond hearing process to release inmates who are at risk of contracting COVID-19, but who have committed non-violent offenses.
For example, in Illinois, expedited bond hearing applies to:
- All detainees who are at an elevated risk of contracting COVID-19 such as age or underlying health conditions
- Pregnant women
- All detainees being detained on misdemeanor charges, felony charges for which they are probational, or non-violent felony charges
- All detainees who are confined following a judicial determination that they are bailable but have not met bail
- All detainees who have been arrested on a warrant for an allegation of parole violation but not charged with a suspected crime of violence
- All detainees serving life imprisonment in jail
- Those who only remain in jail because they have no place to stay and can be electronically monitored
While this creates additional issues that are still being worked through, many criminal defense lawyers are working through this evolving system to ensure their client’s needs are being met.
Digital Hearings During COVID-19
While those already incarcerated are working their way through the legal process, many are just entering the criminal court process which is also changing. Right now, many courts are closed and have switched to digital operations to continue to hear cases.
But, as this is new for all, there needs to be a learning curve for defendants in this process.
If you have been accused of a crime during COVID-19, you need a trusted criminal defense attorney who can guide you through pre-trial, negotiate your sentence and ensure that your health and safety are not at risk during the process.
Criminal Defense Attorneys To Represent You During COVID-19
If you have been accused of a DUI/DWI, drug crimes, assault crimes, robbery, burglary or theft, weapons or parole violations, contact us today. No matter the crime you have committed, you deserve to have your voice heard in the process. The law doesn’t end because of COVID-19 and your rights still matter. Contact us today.