Accused Of Violating The Stay-At-Home Order In Fresno?

Apr 15, 2020

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COVID-19 is in California and it has pushed most of our lives online as we have been required to stay at home as much as possible, even for work.  Everybody is used to spending time outdoors unfettered, and without restrictions. Spending every waking minute at home can feel claustrophobic and stifling.  Some of us are tempted to break out and do what we please, in defiance of the stay-at-home orders. 

Did you know that a misdemeanor citation for disobeying a 'stay at home' order can cost you up to a $1,000 fine and up to six months in jail?  

The Order

Gavin Newsom, California Governor, issued an official executive order in March. The order outlines the rules and guidelines that we all must follow during this temporary crisis to preserve our public health and general safety.

The objective of the order, allegedly, is not to infringe on your constitutional rights, but to keep you alive long enough to enjoy them. A situation like this brings out the best and worst in our community.  Emotions are running hot and, unfortunately, the situation as devolved into a political issue. 

Even if you have left your home for an essential reason, you can be accused of violating the order. What do you do now?

Your Rights

Everyone has essential needs that have to be met. People depend on you to take care of them and you have to do what you have to do to accomplish that. You have the right to:

  • go shopping for food and necessities for your family
  • provide care for elderly or disabled family members and friends at their homes
  • take someone to the hospital
  • walk your dog
  • walk yourself
  • get medication from the pharmacy
  • put gas in your car

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.

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