On August 20th, it was reported that the Mississippi State Department of Health had issued new laws that affect residents. Unlike many past regulations and actions taken by the state to combat the pandemic, these were hardly mere “suggestions.” Mississippi officials stated that they were ready to throw people in jail for violating these laws, and offenders could also face felony charges.
If you have been accused of violating these new laws, it is important to get in touch with a criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. Believe it or not, you could face years in jail if you are not careful. The best way to avoid these potential consequences is to work with our attorneys to defend your rights and your freedom.
New Laws for COVID Patients in Mississippi
On August 20th, 2021, it was announced that the Mississippi State Department of Health had issued an isolation order. This new law states that anyone who tests positive for COVID-19 must self-isolate for at least 10 days. If infected individuals fail to isolate for at least 10 days, they face serious legal consequences.
Initial reports stated that violating these laws would result in a fine of up to $500, a six-month jail sentence, or both. The state health department also stressed that it does not matter whether you have been vaccinated or not — you still have to self-isolate. However, the state department then went on to state that refusing to obey a health officer is a felony, punishable by a prison sentence of up to five years and a fine of $5,000.
Are COVID-19 Restrictions Violating Human Rights?
Many people believe that the state is using the pandemic as an excuse to exercise its power over the population. In 2020, the UN human rights chief stated that COVID-19 should not be used as an excuse for human rights violations. She specifically stated that the pandemic should not be used as “a weapon to quash dissent, for example, or control the population or perpetuate power.”
Whether or not Mississippi’s recent laws constitute human rights violations is unclear. But the pandemic is clearly being used to control the population, and this is something that has many people concerned. If you are facing criminal charges due to violations of COVID-19 restrictions, your attorney might be able to explore some of these ideas and concerns as they defend your rights.
Enlist the Help of a Qualified Attorney Today
If you have been searching the Mississippi area for a qualified criminal defense attorney, look no further than Vic Carmody Jr., P.A. Over the past few months and years, we have become quite familiar with new COVID regulations in Mississippi, and we can help you protect your rights as an American citizen. Having your right to free movement taken away can be a disheartening prospect. Book your consultation today, and we can help you pursue justice.