In this time of great uncertainty, while the rest of the world hits the theoretical “pause” button, the wheels of justice in the criminal court system continue to move forward.
Our clients’ cases remain open, and we continue to appear on their behalf as the courts hold hearings. The clients in custody? We are still working tirelessly to secure their release. The clients on bond with regular pre-trial hearings? We are still at every single one, albeit from our desks or on our phones for those that have to be handled remotely.
When judges began issuing their initial orders, there was obviously great uncertainty about how the justice system would be able to continue to operate in an effective manner, given the limitations on social distancing and courthouse shutdowns. However, as time has gone on, it has become evident that our advocacy for defendants and the necessity of our role in the criminal justice process has been respected by all sides as hearings move forward and business is “as usual“. After getting the initial technological hiccups out of the way, hearings are being conducted regularly via Zoom conferences. We are still able to file motions and conduct telephonic hearings, and appear in person for those cases that require it.
Earlier this week, there was a story in the news about a judge in South Florida who reprimanded attorneys for showing up to “Zoom Court” without shirts on or in bed. As we continue through these new ways of holding court, we at Tassone, Dreicer & Hill can reassure you that would never be the way we appear on our clients behalf. It goes without saying that these court appearances are treated by us the same as any other – we wear our shirts to court in good times and bad. All jokes aside, while we are eagerly awaiting the day when the courthouse is back to business as usual, it is our responsibility to represent our clients in all situations, even a pandemic, and we take that responsibility seriously.
As lawyers, we are considered essential workers. Our role in continuing to assist our clients is absolutely essential. Their rights remain essential.
We also know that arrests are still continuing. If you are in need of criminal representation during this time, contact our office and schedule a free consultation. We are experienced criminal defense attorneys who would be happy to discuss your case. Even now, our door is open (and our Zoom account is ready).