We are nearing the one-month anniversary of the state of California being under a “stay at home” mandate, thanks to COVID-19 spreading across the country. For some of us, this past month may have felt more like a year in length, but most Californians have adapted pretty quickly to what a new “normal” life looks like. Governor Gavin Newsom announced a plan on Tuesday, April 14, about re-opening the state, but he also stressed that as long as the coronavirus is around, life will never really go back to being completely normal. For good or bad, this holds true for criminal activity, too.
Unintended Consequences of California's Lockdown
For one thing, the lockdown has meant a drop in some violent crimes across the country, while other crimes are seeing a spike.
Another aspect of lockdown means that streets and freeways in Los Angeles are much less crowded with traffic, meaning smog has almost completely disappeared. But some folks are taking advantage of the open roads to speed their way across town. According to one officer with the California Highway Patrol, there has been a 25 percent increase in the number of speeding tickets issued for people going over 100 mph.
Grocery stores have recovered a bit since the beginning of the lockdown when many people went into a panic mode and cleared aisles and shelves of products like canned vegetables, frozen foods, fresh produce, pasta, and flour. Toilet paper is still in limited supply, and finding a pack for sale can almost feel like winning the lottery.
The police department in Port Hueneme, California announced they had busted a “toilet paper caper.” A police officer had noticed an open bottle of alcohol near the dashboard of a car that had three occupants inside. All three occupants were on probation, so their car was searched. The officer found 31 rolls of toilet paper, 27 boxes of tissues, and some sheets and towels—all stolen from a hotel maid's cleaning cart. All three of the people will be charged with petty theft charges.
Sigal Law Group: Aggressive Criminal Defense in Los Angeles
Here at the Sigal Law Group, we are continuing to monitor the coronavirus shutdown and what it means as far as court closures, delays in trials, and video arraignments. Our firm is open for business, and we are here to help you.
We are actively serving our current clients and are able to take on new clients. If you face a legal matter and are considering representation, we can help you determine whether our firm would be a good match for your needs. Call us today for a free consultation at 818-325-0570 or fill out an online contact form.