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For the last year, thanks to the hard work of all of our staff, and you, our clients, no one who works at this office has gotten Covid while working here, and we have not spread a single case to any of our clients, while getting all of our client's legal needs taken care of. With the spread of vaccination the end is in sight, normal times where we can meet our clients in person in the office are just around the corner.

During the transition we will be having some in person, in office appointments for clients who have already been vaccinated, and for whom the CDC recommended period of time has passed since their last shot. Of course, for anyone who would prefer a phone or video appointment for safety, convenience, or any other reason those types of appointments are always available.

For our clients who have not yet completed the vaccination cycle phone and video appointments are of course available, and, with the return of warm weather we will again be offering outside appointments under the tent right outside our front door. For all appointments, masks will continue to be required.

Through the transition safety of all staff and clients will continue to be our top priority, we look forward to seeing you soon.

Please see our blog for more info on pandemic response.

TIME TO CASH IN CASH BAIL.

| Jun 15, 2020 | Firm News

One of the most bizarre ideas in the legal system is the belief that paying money makes someone less dangerous.  In any other system such a concept would be seen, correctly, as unfairly favoring those with money, or with well do do families, and punishing those who do not have access to large amounts of cash.  In the legal system, it is called cash bail, and is used every day in courthouses across the state, and country.  How it works, when someone is charged with a crime, before they are convicted, they may be required to put up cash, or a bond to get out of jail.  Cash bail is more likely to be required in cases where the crime charged is serious, public safety is usually cited as a reason for requiring cash bail to get out of jail.  Why on earth would being able to put up cash make someone less dangerous, less likely to cause harm while they are waiting for trial on their case.  If someone is truly dangerous, they can be required to wear a GPS monitor, or, kept in jail pending trial.  Cash bail serves no purpose other than to pack jails with poor people, often people of color, causing them to lose their jobs, and costing the taxpayers thousands in jail costs.   Getting rid of cash bail will end a grossly unfair system, and save taxpayers in this state alone millions of dollars per year.

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