The weather is finally getting nicer, the sun is shining and the days are longer – and we all have to stay at home. Unfortunately, the coronavirus pandemic has triggered a “Stay-at-Home” order that’s in place until April 7 (as of now, anyway), and if you violate it, you could be facing all kinds of trouble.
What You Need to Know About Violating the Stay-at-Home Order During the Coronavirus Pandemic
It’s so tempting to get together, head to the lake and enjoy the beautiful weather. However, the stay-at-home order says that’s a no-go. If you violate the order, which is a legal mandate, you could be facing misdemeanor charges.
First, police will warn you if you’re out and about. If they see you out again, you might get a citation and a fine of up to $500. Beyond that, you can be arrested, said Chicago Police Superintendent Charlie Beck.
“Beginning today, it’s one warning, and after that you will be cited. Please do not make us do that,” he said. “If you violate it, you are subject to a citation and a fine of up to $500. If you continue to violate it, you will be subject to physical arrest.”
If the police see large groups of people together, they’ll first order the group to disperse. If the group refuses – or if some people refuse, that’s when officers will start issuing citations.
What if You’re Charged With a Misdemeanor for Violating the Stay-at-Home Order?
If you end up being charged with a misdemeanor because you violated the stay-at-home order, you need to know that it’ll stay on your record unless you have it expunged or sealed later. A misdemeanor comes with penalties, too, including fines and jail time.
People charged with a misdemeanor crime are entitled to legal counsel if they want it, which means you can hire an attorney. If this has happened to you, call us right away at 847-920-4540 or fill out the form below. During the coronavirus pandemic, we’re offering free phone, Skype and FaceTime consultations because we can’t meet face-to-face. Reach out to us if you need help – don’t let your case take a turn for the worse because we’re all supposed to be staying home.