Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information

September 8, 2021

The Cohen Defense Group cares about your health and well-being as you navigate the criminal justice system.  It is important to us to keep you and our employees safe during this difficult time.  As the attorneys in the Cohen Defense Group appear regularly in court, serve custodial populations, and come in close contact with a large variety of people throughout the day, we are all vaccinated.  To ensure our availability for our clients, we are taking appropriate precautions to avoid contracting COVID-19 and to avoid having to quarantine due to virus exposure.  As such we are requiring all who enter our offices to wear a face covering even if vaccinated themselves.  Masks are available at the front counter for those who 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 (masked) 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 24th, 2021:

  • Face coverings must be worn in all Placer Superior Court courtrooms.
  • Physical distancing protocols have been implemented in the courthouses.
  • All court clerk’s offices will remain open.
  • No jury trials will begin between August 30, 2021 and September 10th, 2021.
  • The court will postpone all traffic infraction and non-traffic infraction pre-trial and post-trial matters set August 30, 2021 through October 1, 2021 to an available date at least 8 weeks from the currently scheduled court date. This includes all pay or appear dates for traffic infractions. Defendants may request a remote appearance during this time by following instructions on the court’s website:  www.placer.courts.ca.gov. The number of remote appearances per day are limited.
  • The court will postpone all traffic misdemeanors (not including DUI or DV misdemeanors) pre and post-trial hearings set August 30, 2021 through October 1, 2021 to an available date at least 8 weeks from the currently scheduled court date. Defendants may request a remote appearance during this time by following instructions on the court’s website:  www.placer.courts.ca.gov.  The number of remote appearances per day are limited.
  • The court will reinstitute the Traffic Ticket: Quick Off-Ramp for the period of August 30, 2021 to October 1, 2021, an alternative program for individuals with a good DMV record. See the court’s website (www.placer.courts.ca.gov) for more information on or after August 30, 2021. 
  • The court will postpone all traffic infraction and non-traffic infraction trials set August 30, 2021 through October 1, 2021 to an available date at least 8 weeks out.
  • Misdemeanor cases will be heard as follows:
    • All in-custody matters will remain as set. 
    • All arraignments, trial assignment hearings, and trials will remain as set. 
    • All drug court and mental health court cases will remain as set. 
    • All driving under the influence and domestic violence misdemeanor hearings remain as set.
    • All misdemeanor hearings not specifically noted above that are set between August 30, 2021, and October 1, 2021, are postponed 8 weeks. Defendants are ordered to appear on a date 8 weeks from their scheduled hearing. The court will provide notice. Defendants and sentenced individuals must comply with all existing orders related to their release, probation, parole, post-release community supervision, or mandatory supervision including any criminal protective orders. Defense counsel may request a remote appearance be set during this time by filing a request for remote appearance no less than two days before the date they would like a remote hearing. Remote hearings will be held on Thursdays for cases normally heard at the Gibson Courthouse and Wednesdays for cases normally heard at the Tahoe City Courthouse.
  • Family centered case resolution six month and twelve-month conferences set August 30, 2021, through October 1, 2021, will be dropped from calendar and will not be heard. All 18- month family centered case resolution conferences will remain as set.
  • The court’s Self-Help Center has discontinued all in-person services.  Telephone and video appointments can be scheduled through the court’s website:  www.placer.courts.ca.gov.

The Court will also be posting the following updates to explain remote appearance changes for traffic and misdemeanor cases:

Although remote appearance mandates have been removed for small claims, civil, probate, and family law, the court continues to encourage remote appearances in these areas as outlined in the court’s Emergency Local Rules and on the court’s Remote Appearance webpage.

If you have an upcoming court appearance and believe you are sick or are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or any other communicable disease, or if you are subject to quarantine due to close contact with someone who has COVID-19, 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.  Defendants who have posted bail are encouraged to discuss their bail with their attorney and bail bonding company.

For more information on specific cases, please visit the court’s website (www.placer.courts.ca.gov) or call 916-408-6000.