COVID 19 and Criminal Justice
How does Covid 19 (Corona virus) effect my criminal case?
Once Coronavirus hit, many were concerned about the effect it had on all institutions. Family, church, jobs and employment. Also, what becomes of the incarcerated?
In my personal experience, it has become hard for me to make an appointment at county jails and MDOC penitentiaries.
The United States Constitution, and the penumbra of law that has developed over the years, guarantees an individual to the right to counsel. Although the right to counsel does not cover “specific” counsel by a public defender, the right to counsel does mandate that an inmate have access to his or her attorney that has been privately retained.
What does this mean?
Because your rights to access to counsel may have been violated due to the Covid 19 pandemic, it is in your best interest if you are incarcerated to keep in touch with your attorney as best as possible. This includes phone calls, letter writing, or requests for in-person consultations.
During this time, this may take extra precautions by your attorney. If you or a loved one are incarcerated, see what your options are for seeking an in-person consultation. Surely, if you can received medical assistance; you can receive legal assistance.
The answer: talk to an attorney. Not just any attorney. Call us: Panter Law Firm, PLLC.
If you are curious about your area, call us. We will do our best to communicate with you or a loved one incarcerated.
Article by Richard Poole Noel, III
Panter Law Firm, PLLC, 7736 Old Canton Road, Suite B, Madison, MS 39110