Criminal Law Post Covid-19
The practice of criminal law has changed drastically in the last two years in New York due to the state’s enactment of a “no arrest” policy, followed by the Covid-19 pandemic. The experienced attorneys at Glynn, Mercep & Purcell have been keeping up on the effect of this new policy, as well as developments in the Courts caused by the pandemic.
Both the no arrest policy and advent of the pandemic has drastically reduced the number of people who even though they are charged with crimes, are arrested. Instead many people were given summonses to go to Court on a future date. Since March 2020 until approximately June 2021, most of those defendants charged with crimes had their cases delayed because the courts were either closed or operating virtually through Microsoft Teams (similar to Zoom). While we at Glynn, Mercep & Purcell have continued to defend our clients who are charged with crimes most vigorously, and have been able to obtain favorable dispositions of many cases, the process has slowed down. We expect this to change now that the Courts are beginning to gradually re-open.
What has not changed, however, is the police departments policy with respect to Driving While Intoxicated. While some people charged with DWI since the “no arrest” policy was instituted were arrested but released from jail without having to appear in Court and see a judge, the vast majority were detained so that the judge could set bail in Court. Since the pandemic, some of these defendants had their arraignments done remotely by video while others actually were taken to Court in person. However, the policies followed by the District Attorneys’ Office with regard to DWI charges has not changed substantially.
As stated above, the criminal courts are reopening and the attorneys at Glynn, Mercep & Purcell are ready to represent our clients vigorously both in person and by video conference where required, especially in DWI cases.
Traffic Court Post Covid-19 pandemic
During the Covid-19 pandemic, the Suffolk Country Traffic Court on Veterans Highway in Hauppauge was mostly closed. As a result, people charged with a speeding ticket and other traffic infractions often had their cases postponed, especially if they didn’t quickly retain lawyers. Those who did hire lawyers were able, after a few months, to have their speeding tickets disposed of. The attorneys at Glynn, Mercep & Purcell were able to obtain favorable dispositions of their traffic cases, often involving a plea to a no point infraction, during this time.
For those people charged with speeding or other traffic violations in incorporated villages or the Towns of Riverhead, Southampton, East Hampton or Southold, our attorneys had to be aware of the rules for each of these jurisdictions. While most followed the rules promulgated by the Governor and the officials who run the courts, and in some cases those rules were mandatory, many individual village courts set their own policies for court appearances, several months these courts were required to close.
While the attorneys at Glynn, Mercep & Purcell could not dispose of some of these tickets remotely, where the jurisdiction did
not have the technology needed to work by video, we have been able to return to those courts to defend people charged with speeding tickets and other traffic tickets, in recent months.
If you receive a speeding ticket in one these Towns or Villages, or while traveling on a county roadway, the experienced attorneys at Glynn, Mercep & Purcell are ready to go to court and apply their skills on your behalf.