April 17, 2020 2:38 pm Published by

If You Have a Criminal Case Pending in one of the San Fernando Valley Courts do you Have to Appear in Court and Disobey the Governor’s Order Regarding the Corona Virus?

This is a good question because the Governor’s order right now as I put this content in the website says that nobody can leave except for essential things.  So, the bottom line is, the San Fernando Valley courthouses — if you have a criminal case pending and you’ve been ordered to appear there — is a critical business in the sense that it is recognized to be a critical need related to handling criminal matters.

So, if you have a court appearance you can appear, and you wouldn’t be violating the Governor’s order.

Now there’s another more important issue which is whether you have to appear despite the Governor’s order and risk being infected by the Coronavirus by going into court where a lot of people obviously go through.  Right now, as I make this post, in most cases an attorney can appear for you, and a lot of times they’ll even let the attorney appear over the phone.

977b Waiver of Court Appearance

If you have a felony, there’s a 977b Waiver which is a written waiver where you waive your appearance in court.  Your attorney can make representations to the judge that the attorney has told you what all of your rights are regarding your appearance and that you’ve decided because of health concerns not to go to court.

Once that waiver is filed, I would say just about all judges in Los Angeles County are going to accept that in these times with the Coronavirus going around.  They don’t want people in the court either, because they could infect them, the prosecutors, court staff, bailiffs, etc.Appearing in San Fernando Valley Court Due to Coronavirus

So, right now, if it’s handled the right way by an attorney who knows what they’re doing, you should be able to avoid going to court again unless you and your attorney decide that it’s in your best interest to go to court, or somehow you’re ordered into court despite the Coronavirus going on.

So, if you’ve got a criminal case, you don’t want to go to court, obviously you want to get an attorney any way to defend you and really make a decision whether you need to go to court or not.

Criminal Cases Continued for 60 to 90 Days

A lot of courts right now, in April 2020, are continuing cases for 60 to 90 days so they can just clear out all the courts while they wait for this Coronavirus to settle down and not be as likely to infect somebody.

I think what that’s going to cause is a big back-up in the courts.  Hopefully, that will work to defendants’ advantage in trying to resolve cases so that you can actually get your matter resolved much easier and avoid jail time altogether.

If you’ve got a criminal case pending in Los Angeles county and you need some help and you obviously don’t want to go to court because of the Coronavirus, pick up the phone and call me — Ron Hedding.  I’ve been doing this for 26 years.

I’m going to court unfortunately, having to deal with a bunch of cases, so I know exactly what’s going on in the criminal courts right now and I will try to do everything possible to keep you out of court — at least for the 60 to 90 days.

San Fernando Valley Criminal Lawyer

Obviously, to see what we can do to keep you out of jail moving forward and resolve your matter — whether it be a case that you’re innocent of and you need to do a jury trial — which have also all been continued 60 to 90 days — or whether it’s a case where they do have the evidence, but obviously you want to do damage control to work out the best resolution possible.

So, the Coronavirus is real.  The courts are taking it seriously.  But of course, they’re criminal courts so none of the 38 courts have closed down completely and they still are handling business in a limited capacity. You just need an attorney to guide you through so that you can end up with the best result and not have a bench warrant issued for your arrest.

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