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Alabama Woman Arrested for Hosting Party During COVID-19 Quarantine

Posted on Apr 20, 2020 in Criminal Defense, National Issues

A woman in Alabama was arrested this week for hosting a party for violating the COVID-19 stay-at-home order. I don’t know about you all, but something about a global pandemic unprecedented in our modern times just screams party time! Seriously, have these people ever heard of a Zoom call? Hanging out in-person is cool and all, but what if I told you that you can hang out from your own safe, uncontaminated homes, with a cool background to make it look like you’re in space or kicking it in the palace from Aladdin? What if I told you that, with the right webcam placement, pants become totally optional?

Arrested For Violating Stay-At-Home Order

When authorities showed up at the 52-year-old woman’s house, they found eight or nine juveniles drinking and using drugs. According to nearby residents, the parties involving young people had become a somewhat regular occurrence prior to the police intervening. In addition to the woman, five others were arrested on drug charges. The woman spent the night in jail and was released the next day on a $1000 bond. Though it is not clear what the woman was charged with, there have been multiple cases across the country of folks being arrested for other crimes, and charged additionally with violating stay-at-home orders.

Arrested During COVID-19 Pandemic

A pastor was charged in Louisiana during COVID-19 for holding church services that violated the state’s stay-at-home order. The pastor in Central, Louisiana continued to hold services despite multiple attempts from law enforcement to get him to stop. Officials warned that the services were putting his parishioners and the larger community at risk. The services were in direct violation of Gov. Edwards’ mandate, decreeing that no gatherings of 50 or more people would be permissible for the duration of the quarantine. Eventually, law enforcement was forced to intervene. The pastor was charged with six misdemeanor offenses. These offenses hold a maximum $500 fine and 6 months in jail. However, the pastor says he will continue to hold services undeterred.

Violating the Quarantine Can Get You In Legal Trouble

Reprimand for breaking the stay-at-home and quarantine measures can differ state to state. In some cases, individuals who have been arrested for other crimes during the quarantine, like shoplifting, drug possession or gun charges, have also been charged for violating the stay-at-home. At the end of the day, the quarantine is in place for a reason. COVID-19 is a serious threat to our country and the world. Though it’s hard, we have to take the quarantine seriously if we’re going to minimize the death toll and make it through this as quickly as possible. Aside from essential activities like grocery shopping, hospital and pharmacy visits, and exercise, try to stay home as much as possible. When you do go out, practice social distancing. We can make it through this, but we all have to work together.

Arrested During COVID-19? Bloom Legal Can Help

If you do find yourself arrested in Louisiana or charged with a misdemeanor, Bloom Legal can help. We are still operating remotely at full capacity, and have helped many people in the New Orleans area get out of jail during COVID-19. Our phone lines are available to take your call 24/7 and our consultations are always free. Give us a call today.

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