New Laws Related To The Pandemic That May Become Permanent
As you have witnessed over the past year, the COVID-19 pandemic has changed life as we know it in the United States. From healthcare facilities being strained to businesses closing, it may be hard for you to imagine life ever returning to normal. Since there have been so many changes brought about by the pandemic, we here at the Law Offices of Richard J. Fuschino Jr. believe some of the laws related to the pandemic may become permanent.
Criminal Justice Reform
If there is one area we believe will continue to be impacted after the pandemic ceases, it is criminal justice reform. Specifically, we are looking closely at laws associated with over incarceration. Since many jails had to adopt policies to reduce long-standing overcrowding issues, we feel laws designed to decrease who stays locked up will be here to stay. As the top criminal lawyers in Philadelphia, we will be watching this aspect of criminal law quite closely as we work with our clients.
As travel restrictions took hold during the pandemic, the U.S. enacted policies that greatly impacted immigration law, and we believe some of the policies were just the start of what you can expect in the years ahead. From seeking green cards to increased deportations and making it more difficult for international students to come to or remain in the U.S., we think state and local governments could look to continue existing policies in the future.
First Amendment Rights
No matter where you stand on the issue of wearing masks and other policies associated with the pandemic, there is no denying that many questions have now arisen regarding your First Amendment rights. Since many pandemic-related protests were looked at as possibly putting the health of thousands of others at risk, authorities now have many policies and laws they are examining. For example, will constitutional law allow police and other authorities to disband protests and arrest those who were participating, or will your right to peacefully protest still be protected under the First Amendment?
As more and more cities such as Philadelphia reexamine pandemic-related laws, we believe you may see a legal landscape you may not recognize in the years ahead. Thus, should you be facing charges that require the services of experienced attorneys, turn to criminal defense Philadelphia residents trust by calling us here at the Law Offices of Richard J. Fuschino Jr. for a consultation.