It seems that from the news and the reports from local, state, and federal government that much of Northern Virginia is closed because of the Covid-19 pandemic. However, the local and state government announcements have not closed the Virginia court system. Every weekday for the past two weeks, the Fairfax County courthouse has been open for business and Fairfax criminal defense lawyers are in court trying to their best for their clients.
Here are the things to know about Fairfax courts right now as of March 25, 2020:
If a party to a case is NOT in jail awaiting a hearing --
The courts are not hearing any trials for criminal or traffic cases in Fairfax General District Court.
The courts are not hearing any civil trials.
However, the Fairfax County General District Court and the Fairfax County Circuit Court are hearing motions concerning criminal defendants who are incarcerated or who have been recently arrested and in jail and cannot be released on bond.
So if you have a friend of loved one in jail or who has been arrested and taken to jail, it is possible to get a hearing before a judge of the Fairfax General District Court or the Fairfax County Circuit Court.
Additionally, the courts are accepting Motions to Reconsider if you have a friend or loved one who has already been sentenced to a criminal or traffic offense and is sitting in a jail cell in the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center. However there is no guarantee that the person who is serving a sentence on a criminal misdemeanor will be released at the hearing on the Motion to Reconsider, but many criminal defense lawyers are filing these motions with the court.
Alex Gordon and Carlos Wall, The Gordon Law Firm's Fairfax criminal defense lawyers, are ready to file Motions to Reconsider, Motions for Bond, and take any other action to help people who have been arrested or who are in jail. Contact our firm at 703.218.8416 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org for a Free Consultation.
Please also remember that Fairfax County police, the Washington-Metro Airport Authority, and the Virginia State Police are still pulling people over, investigating crimes, and when necessary, making arrests and taking people to jail.
We know that sometimes good people make mistakes. This period of time is very stressful for many people concerned about the coronavirus and who are dealing with social distancing and quarantines. If you, a friend, or family member are charged with a a criminal offense or even traffic misdemeanor like Reckless Driving, DUI, Driving on a Suspended License, or Driving without a Valid License, please consider contacting our firm today at 703.218.8416.
Our Fairfax criminal defense lawyers Alex Gordon and Carlos Wall have helped more than 5000 people accused of criminal and traffic offenses in Fairfax County courts. If you would like exeperienced, caring, and effective legal team on you side, call us today.