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COVID-19 & Motions for Early Release or Compassionate Relief

Our Clients’ Safety Is Our Top Priority

For weeks and even months, the spread of COVID-19 has been rampant and ruthless. The loss of lives, high unemployment rate, school closures and drastic lifestyle changes have all resulted from the coronavirus. But what about prisons? Hundreds and thousands of people, including jail staff, families of jail staff and inmates are extremely susceptible to exposure to COVID-19, yet court houses are not taking the necessary actions required to keep this community safe.

Our Baton Rouge attorneys at Dewey & Braud Law, LLC are trained in combating difficult, unprecedented circumstances. This current public health emergency is one of them.

On April 2nd, Chief Justice Bernette J. Johnson of the Louisiana Supreme Court ordered all district judges in Louisiana to safely minimize the parish jail populations as "an outbreak of COVID-19 in [Louisiana] jails could be potentially catastrophic for jail staff, families of jail staff and inmates.” Justice Johnson gave specific guidance to District Court judges on how to handle certain misdemeanor offenses, domestic violence cases, and violent offenders.

In order to enforce this order to protect the health and safety of our clients, we ask that you contact us immediately if you have a loved one who is currently in custody without a bond or a bond that has been too high to post. There is an overwhelming influx of requests for judges to grant early release or compassionate relief, which may cause delays. Our team will fight for your loved one’s voice to be heard to achieve a release as soon as possible.

Process & Qualifications of Release:

Judges have been ordered to “… conduct a comprehensive and heightened risk-based assessment of all detainees (except those who have been convicted of felony offenses and remanded to the Department of Corrections) …” Eligibility applies to those who were:

  • Charged with a misdemeanor crime, other than domestic abuse battery
  • Convicted of a misdemeanor crime
  • Charged with a non-violent offense
  • Charged in other criminal matters

In order to achieve a favorable outcome, we will negotiate with the court to grant your loved one:

  • A lowered bond
  • Supervised probation
  • Release on recognizance order with a notice to appear on a future date
  • A re-examination of the offense and your loved one’s criminal history, if any, to determine if any bail revisions are appropriate
  • An alternative to imprisonment
  • Summons or citations as appropriate, instead of arrest

Contact Our Defense Lawyers About Your Eligibility for Early Release or Compassionate Relief

You can rely on our reputable team to work towards your loved one’s best possible outcome. No inmate should pay the price of their health or life for something that’s out of their control. With over 15 years of combined experience on both sides of the courtroom, you can be assured that our Louisiana attorneys will work in a timely, strategic manner to bring safety and peace of mind to you and your loved ones.

If you are looking for assistance in getting your family member out of a parish jail or state facility, please contact Dewey & Braud Law, LLC at (225) 414-5954 for a free initial consultation.