Devoted Exclusively

To The Defense

Of The Accusedtm

COVID – 19 UPDATE

During this period of unprecedented uncertainty, please rest assured that the Blumenthal Law Offices remain open and available to assist both current and new clients as they navigate the criminal justice system. The criminal courts and associated attorneys have been declared “essential personnel” and are exempt from the state and federal closure orders that have thus far been issued.

Our office has taken affirmative steps to ensure the safety of our clients as this pandemic emergency unfolds. While the office itself remains open, we have made adjustments to allow our staff to work from home when and if necessary. We are encouraging our clients to communicate by phone or email where possible, and we have increased our cleaning regimen to prevent the spread of the coronavirus through surface contact.

For the safety of our employees and the inmates of the local jail systems, we have taken the additional step of suspending visits to the jail facilities. However, as always, we accept collect calls from jail inmates to discuss matters, and direct calls to our offices from jail are not recorded or monitored, allowing for confidential attorney-client communication in most situations. We will make adjustments to this visitation policy if and when needed, but so far it has not been an issue.

With regard to the criminal courts themselves, both Riverside and San Bernardino have effectively shut down most operations through April 17th (and may extend these closures indefinitely). The exceptions to this blanket closure order at this point are limited to 1) arraignments for new cases in which the defendant is in custody and 2) preliminary hearings in which the statutory time limit of 60 days is in danger of passing. This is a very small subset of the normal type and volume of cases which are addressed on a daily basis in the courts. ALL OTHER MATTERS ARE BEING CONTINUED BY ORDER OF THE COURT. These continuances have generally moved each matter exactly two weeks into the future, with no other change to the case. We are receiving updates daily from the local courts and are conveying changes to our clients as soon as we are made aware. If you have any questions about the impacts of these shutdowns on your case or the case of a loved one, please do not hesitate to call.

We are, of course, very concerned about the impacts that the court shutdowns are having on our clients and their statutory and constitutional rights. Please understand that the courts share this concern as well and are working diligently to bring the greater criminal justice system back on-line as soon as they possibly can. That said, we understand that our first concern is always to our clients’ interests. While this is a truly unique circumstance in our (over 100 years of collective) experience, we are communicating with other attorneys and civil rights experts to explore challenges to any delays or practices that impact the rights of our clients.

For more information on Covid-19, including the latest news from courts in Riverside and San Bernardino, visit:

California Coronavirus Response

Riverside Superior Court

San Bernardino Superior Court

Contact our firm, and speak directly with an attorney.

*Contacting us does not create an attorney-client relationship.
Submit Your Message