Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information

The Cohen Defense Group cares about your health and well-being as we help you navigate the criminal justice system.  It is important to us to keep you and our employees safe during this difficult time. In accordance with state guidelines, our employees will wear masks when interfacing with the public and in all public buildings. If you choose an in-person meeting with us, you must also wear a mask in keeping with the state guidelines.  We will provide a mask for you if you do not have one.   

We continue to offer free consultations.  Let us know if you would prefer to schedule a phone consultation, a Zoom meeting, or an in-person meeting at our office.  

The Placer County Courts have implemented changes to their operations to address ongoing concerns regarding community spread of COVID-19.  Effective August 3rd, 2020:

  • Jury trials will not be held between August 3, 2020 and August 28, 2020.
  • These matters currently set during the month of August will be postponed for at least eight weeks:
    • All hearings in out-of-custody misdemeanor cases except arraignments and trial assignment hearings, excluding driving under the influence, domestic violence, and traffic cases
    • Traffic misdemeanor and infraction trials
    • Non-traffic infraction trials
    • Family-centered case resolution conferences 
  • These matters currently set during the month of August will be postponed for at least sixteen weeks:
    • Traffic infraction and non-traffic infraction pre-trial matters 
    • Traffic misdemeanor pre- and post-trial hearings
  • All small claims cases will be held remotely.  Parties unable to appear via remote technology must request an in-person appearance, subject to judicial approval.  Please see the court’s remote appearance website for more details http://www.placer.courts.ca.gov/RAS.shtml
  • Remote appearance is required for most civil, probate, and family law hearings, excluding trials.
  • Remote appearance is available, upon request, for most pre-trial criminal hearings.  Remote appearance for preliminary hearings is subject to judicial approval.  
  • eDelivery is mandatory in family law and civil cases for attorneys and represented parties.  Unrepresented parties are encouraged to use the eDelivery system.  For more information on eDelivery and how to use it, please visit http://www.placer.courts.ca.gov/online-edelivery-access.shtml
  • Face coverings are mandatory for anyone entering a public building, including courthouses.
  • Physical distancing protocols have been implemented in the courthouses.
  • The court’s Self-Help Center has discontinued all in-person services.  Telephone and video appointments can be scheduled through the court’s website.
  • Modified practices are in effect for those called to jury service, once jury service resumes.  For updated information visit http://www.placer.courts.ca.gov/public_notice/COVID/QAJury%20Duty_Eff.%205%2028%202020.pdf
  • Minors and parents in juvenile court are encouraged to appear via telephone conference line or through the minor’s attorney.
  • In-person visits at the jails and juvenile hall are suspended. 
  • In lieu of visiting, families can speak to incarcerated minors on the phone.
  • Adult inmates are allowed one free video visit and one free phone call per week.  They can have more visits at the standard cost.  https://www.placer.ca.gov/2494/Jail-Video-Visitation

If you have an upcoming court appearance and believe you are sick or are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or any other communicable disease, please contact your attorney immediately. If you are not represented by an attorney, call the Court Clerk’s Office at 916-408-6000 for further information.