Along with the serious health risks associated with coronavirus, Americans are burdened by quarantine orders and similar directives that forbid them from seeing their loved ones, even for major events such as holidays and birthdays. It can be tempting to try to break the rules, especially for people who believe that they don’t fall into the one of the common risk groups. News reports have documented spring breakers, shoppers and churchgoers who have ignored the CDC guidelines and admonitions from healthcare experts and orders executed by most states to “stay at home” except to buy food or medicine. That behavior has led many governors to issue a range of penalties for those who violate executive orders.
Although the medical consensus is practically unanimous regarding the need to avoid coming into contact with others, the legal ramifications of violating a stay-at-home order or a similar government provision are more varied. If you are concerned about potential punishment for hosting a gathering at your home, understanding these legal standards might be useful:
There is never a good time to get arrested and face prosecution, but with serious concerns about the spread of COVID-19 in detention facilities, your health could depend on avoiding incarceration. An accomplished criminal defense lawyer can safeguard your fundamental rights whether you’re facing legal problems linked to a quarantine violation or another type of alleged offense.
James L. Riotto is an accomplished criminal defense attorney serving clients in New York. With an extensive background in law enforcement and criminal prosecution, his approach to each case is unique and informed by years of experience with the New York criminal justice system. As a graduate from Albany Law School and before going on to start his own practice, James worked at the Albany County District Attorney's Office, where he helped prosecute many DWI offenses. His inside knowledge of the tactics used to gain convictions provides him with a particular advantage when defending against DUI and other criminal charges.
About Attorney Adam Staier has spent the last seven years practicing criminal defense law throughout upstate New York and the Capital Region. He began his legal career through internships in civil law, indigent legal representation and federal energy law regulation. Finding a passion in criminal law, Mr. Staier held internships handling both prosecution and defense…