suhrelaw | March 13, 2020 | Criminal Law
Below please review stay at home orders for Kentucky, Ohio and Indiana.
On Thursday, March 12, 2020, in response to the growing threat of COVID-19 (“coronavirus”), Chief Justice John D. Minton issued this order, effectively shutting down all Kentucky Courts. Governor of Kentucky, Andy Beshear, issued an updated Executive Order. There is no set date as to when this Kentucky order will end.
On March 13, 2020, Hamilton County Municipal Court released an order effective Monday, March 16, 2020: all jury trials in civil and criminal matters are hereby suspended for thirty (30) days, until further of the court. The Ohio stay at home has been extended through May 1. Read more updates on the new order here.
Governor Eric J. Holcomb previously issued a stay at home order through March 23. This order has been updated through April 20. A declaration of a public health disaster was issued on March 6 and extended through May 3. The Order declares a public health emergency, and which gives powers to the Indiana State Department of Health to coordinate emergency response activities.
WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR YOU?
If you currently have a criminal case:
- Arraignments, pretrials, motions, and reviews will be continued to a later date.
- Evidentiary/suppression hearings will be held as scheduled, but check with your attorney.
- Bond hearings will be held as required by statute.
- Trials are likely to be continued, but check with your attorney.
Traffic/moving violations (speeding, no insurance, etc.) cases will be continued.
Emergency and domestic violence (EPO/DVO) hearings to be held as scheduled.
All civil trials, hearings, and motions are postponed until further notice.
Read more about the order in this news article.
Cold, flu and the recent spread of COVID-19 may have some of you concerned about your ignition interlock device’s hygiene and servicing. Please visit this link to learn more about state protocols and frequently asked questions.
SUHRE & ASSOCIATES IS STILL HERE FOR YOU
Although courts may be shut down, the police will still be open for business, and so are we.
If you are a prospective or current client and do not want to come in to the office, we have access to Skype, Facetime and Chime video conferencing. For current clients, our firm has the ability to communicate updates on your case through MyCase, a case management software.
Those in need of legal services can still contact us, day or night, 24/7, for help. If have been arrested and are in need of legal counsel, call us at 513-880-8798.
TIPS TO PREVENT THE SPREAD OF COVID-19
You can reduce your risk of infection if you:
- Wash hands frequently (for at least 20 seconds) with soap and water;
- Cover nose and mouth when coughing and sneezing with tissue or flexed elbow;
- Avoid close contact (6 feet) with anyone with cold or flu-like symptoms;
- Do not go out unless necessary, avoiding groups of people; and
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth, especially with unwashed hands.
For more information on COVID-19, please visit the cdc.gov/coronavirus.
BE MINDFUL, BE SAFE, AND CALL US IF YOU NEED US!