If you have an upcoming criminal trial or case, you may be wondering how the recent coronavirus pandemic might impact your trial date and case. The Centers for Disease Control reports over 10,000 cases of the virus in the U.S. with approximately 150 people dead from the coronavirus. Drastic measures are being taken across the country to prevent transmission of this disease. We have seen the closure of schools, churches, and the cancellation of many events. If you have an upcoming criminal trial, the coronavirus may impact your trial.
Ballard Law, PLLC is a criminal defense law firm in Jackson, Mississippi that is here for you to help you navigate the challenges to come. According to the Clarion Ledger, the Mississippi Supreme Court announced that all courts remain open so far, but that judges have been given the discretion to postpone trials. If a case requires witnesses, or if a vulnerable person could be impacted by the case, the case may be postponed. All non-essential civil and criminal cases have been postponed until at least March 31. However, the courts will remain open for initial appearance hearings, arraignments, detention hearings, and warrants. In some cases, trials and cases may be conducted over video conference.
What does this mean for your criminal case, if you had a hearing for a DUI, misdemeanor, felony, drug possession, or drunk driving charge? It largely depends on whether you are scheduled for an initial appearance, arraignment, detention, or whether the judge considers your case an essential court matter or not. If you have questions about your upcoming case, reach out to Ballard Law, PLLC, a Jackson, Mississippi criminal defense law firm today. Our criminal defense lawyer is closely monitoring this changing situation. If your case has been postponed, we will let you know.
If you are feeling ill or have been asked to quarantine due to the coronavirus, please do not hesitate to reach out to your criminal defense lawyer as soon as possible. Our attorneys can contact the courts, and work with you and the courts to find a solution to keep everyone safe and healthy. In the interest of public health, it is important that people who believe they may be sick keep distance from others to prevent the spread of this disease.
If you had scheduled a meeting with Ballard Law, PLLC, reach out to our law firm today. It may be possible to hold a conference online or over the phone. If you are not feeling well, do not hesitate to reach out to our office to reschedule your meeting or to reschedule your meeting to video conferencing. This is an uncertain time for many of us. Ballard Law, PLLC is a criminal defense law firm in Jackson, Mississippi that is here for you. Contact Ballard Law, PLLC or reach out to USAttorneys.com to speak to our criminal defense attorney today.