On March 30th, Maryland’s Stay-at-Home order went into place. The Governor’s order indicated that any person who violates this order is guilty of a misdemeanor, punishable by imprisonment of not more than 1 year, or a fine of $5,000.00, or both.
This order remains effective until after termination of the state of emergency and the proclamation of the catastrophic health emergency has been rescinded, or until rescinded, superseded, amended, or revised by additional orders.
At this time, the Stay-at-Homer order is still in place with no definite end date. Nearly a month under the Stay-at-Home order has come with new and separate orders to wear personal protective wear when in public places. The length of the Stay-at-Home order and need to wear personal protective wear has come with its difficulties.
During this span of about a month, there have been thousands of reports of social distancing and protective wear violations. Police respond to the report and indicate that they no longer can locate the reported issue, the issue can be easily corrected, or ending in the arrest of an individual for the violation. Out of the thousands of reports for violations, only about 49 individuals have been charged with violating the orders imposed by the Governor.
In some instances, Police have found individuals to be acting in other illegal activities and have not only charged the individual with the violation of the Governor’s order, but also the illegal activity the police believe you are engaging in.
If you have additional questions as to this order, or if you have been charged with a violation of this order, contact Attorney Justin W. Esworthy for legal assistance. Justin Esworthy is a Maryland criminal/traffic defense lawyer and handles cases in all Maryland jurisdictions, including Anne Arundel County, Baltimore County, Harford County, Carroll County, and the Eastern Shore. Contact Justin anytime at 443-608-5515 for a free consultation about your case.