Recently, California courts extended, in certain cases, the time frame to hold preliminary hearings in March of 2020. However, preliminary hearing time frames were, often violated, due to unilateral extensions. A California Court of Appeal (First App. District, Division 5), ruled the “speedy” preliminary hearing right of a Defendant in a human trafficking case were violated when the Contra Cost County Court did not hear his preliminary hearing within the 10 day period as required by law. For those lawyers looking for the citation, the case is Dejuan Bullock v. Superior Court of Contra Costa County (2020) 51 Cal.App.5th 134.
The COVID-19 pandemic has changed our lives radically; business closures, social distancing, and public health measures have all created a new normal for society. At Mitchell Law Group, we understand that going through criminal prosecution is already difficult on its own, let alone during a global health crisis. We've adapted our approach to ensure you still get the defense you need while staying safe, and we've compiled a list of tips so you can do so as well.
One of the things that we’ve noticed materialize due the pandemic is an increase in DUI cases. That’s interesting, since for the last couple of months people were supposed to be staying at home. However, it also makes sense since ride share companies had, temporarily, discontinued services. If you are being charged with a DUI, you run the risk of severe penalties such as loss of license, hefty fines, and even jail time. It is paramount that you entrust a reputable attorney to defend your rights.
All nonessential businesses should be closed while banks and restaurants maintain their take-out and drive-thru operations. If you have been stopped and accused of nonessential travel when you had the right to be out of your home, a practiced and aggressive lawyer should be fighting by your side.