On March 24, 2020, Collin County Judge Chris Hill issued a controversial order that was questioned by many health experts in the country. Judge Hill ordered individuals in Collin County to stay home, but allowed businesses to remain open. The judge’s order stated that all businesses in the county are essential for the community’s financial health, and as long as a business complies with the county’s ban on gatherings of over 10 people, they may remain open.
Many individuals felt as though the order contradicted itself. The order also stated that everyone in Collin County must stay home unless they are traveling to carry out essential activities, such as purchasing groceries, visiting the pharmacy for prescription pickup, or going to a hospital to seek out medical attention.
The judge’s order caused many residents and business owners to become confused about who is allowed to remain open for business. Though the entire county is worried about the economic consequences of the Coronavirus, citizens are also worried about what it will take to avoid contracting this virus. Data has shown that strict stay-at-home laws that have been implemented in other countries have helped stop the spread of COVID-19, which leads many American lawmakers and citizens to believe that staying indoors as much as possible is the best course of action.
Judge Hill has since rescinded this order. As of March 31, 2020, all businesses are no longer considered essential, meaning that non-essential businesses such as hair salons and movie theatres will no longer be allowed to stay open for business. George Fuller, mayor of McKinney, Texas, recently praised the judge’s decision, calling it a “big win for the public safety of everyone who lives in Collin County”. Many mayors agree that the judge’s decision has cleared up confusion surrounding which businesses are allowed to remain open to the public.
The COVID-19 pandemic has put a huge strain on hospitals and healthcare workers. Doctors, nurses, and medical assistants are working around the clock in order to treat patients who are suffering from health complications caused by the Coronavirus. As this pandemic continues to get worse, more and more hospitals in the Collin County area are seeing an influx of new patients who are in need of treatment.
The Law Offices of Richard C. McConathy are closely monitoring the COVID-19 crisis. We understand the severity of this global health scare, and we are taking every precaution necessary to keep everyone safe. The health of our staff is important to us, and we are abiding by all federal, state, and local government orders in hopes of stopping the spread of this virus. We are currently using technology to serve our current and prospective clients, and we remain open to the public.
We understand how important it is for individuals to have access to quality legal consultation. Though the world is on pause, life continues to happen to all of us. Because of this, we want to make sure that the citizens of Collin County (and its surrounding areas) are able to work with criminal defense attorneys who can help them remain cool, calm, and collected while carefully representing them in a court of law.
Led by Richard C. McConathy, our litigation staff is committed to providing you with the litigation assistance you need. We fight hard for each and every client we work with, and we have a proven track record of success. With experience working with cases involving DWI, domestic violence, drug possession, and much more, you can count on our team to assist you with building a quality defense.
Even during these tough times, there are still prosecutors and investigators who are trying to put defendants behind bars. If you are facing criminal charges, you must be aware of the fact that these professionals are working nonstop to build a case against you and make an example out of your situation. Because of this, it is critical to hire a criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. Aligning yourself with a lawyer early on in your case will help you begin creating a defense that may be the difference between freedom and a lengthy jail sentence.
Avoiding jail time is a must if you hope to avoid stagnation in life. Furthermore, keeping your criminal record clean is becoming more and more important. We are living through an economic crisis, and remaining employable is a necessity if you hope to keep a steady income. If you are currently worried about your pending charges, keep in mind that not every criminal charge has to result in a conviction, but a favorable outcome will require the help of a criminal defense attorney.
The Law Offices of Richard C. McConathy are here to help. Our offices are still accessible around the clock, and we’re ready to work with you if you need help with your criminal case. For more information, call us at 469-304-3422 to schedule your free consultation. You can also get in touch with our team by filling out the online contact form.