Coronavirus (COVID-19) and Northern Virginia Criminal Law

The ongoing situation with Coronavirus (COVID-19) has caused significant concern throughout just about every segment of society. However, those caught up in the criminal justice system have their own set of concerns that will need to be addressed. While many areas of commerce and life have slowed down, arrests will still be made and people will still be jailed. This can be a difficult time to be in jail- many are experiencing lock-downs and suspending visitation, inmates are housed in close-quarters. These are real concerns for inmates and their families.

For those held pre-trial, they reasonably want out. Our attorneys, Farheena Siddiqui and Brian Szmak, are committed to providing quality representation regardless to those are are charged, arrested or incarcerated – especially in trying times.

Court Closures

Local and state-wide closures and schedule changes will affect both civil and criminal cases. While all cases are important, the effect on criminal cases can be especially impactful, because of the nature and effect of criminal charges. The exact status of each court varies by jurisdiction (Arlington County, City of Alexandria, Loudoun County, Fairfax County, Prince William County) and court level (Juvenile and Domestic Relations, General District Court, Circuit Court).

In all likelihood, this situation will remain dynamic- which will mean confusion for many of the people most impacted. If you need to know what is happening in your case, or the case of a family member, please contact our office for a free consultation.

Bond Motions

In many courts, Bond Motions are one of the few regular orders of business that will remain on the docket more or less as usual. This is an opportunity to get you or your loved one back home during this usual period of uncertainty. If a Bond Motion has been previously denied, the changing circumstances of the current situation may mean that the chances of a new motion being granted are somewhat higher.

What to do?

If you or a family member have been arrested, we are here to help. If you or a family member are being held without bond, contact our office to talk about the options for filing a Bond Motion to seek release.