CORONAVIRUS AND CRIMINAL CASES
Like everything else, the criminal justice system has slowed down in response to the Coronavirus outbreak. Most local courts have closed and all criminal trials have been postponed. On March 20th, Governor Cuomo issued an executive order which tolls all deadlines contained within the criminal procedure law until April 19, 2020. If you have a pending criminal case your statutory and Constitutional right to a "speedy trial" will most likely be excused by the Courts during this time. If the public health crisis continues to exist after April 19th, the tolling period will most likely be extended. Virtual court operations are also expected to start in upstate courts next week. Once the crisis ends and the courts re-open for business as usual, there will be a back log of cases needed to be resolved. The expectation is that the prosecutor and the courts will want to resolve cases more quickly. Our office is prepared to use this opportunity to your advantage and resolve cases more favorable to you. Our office remains open through email and phone conferences. Please feel free to contact us with any questions.