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Wear a mask or get a $500 fine in New Orleans?

By October 29, 2020No Comments

Due to the coronavirus, 2020 has led to unprecedented changes and shifts in society. Citizens are encouraged to social distance, wear masks, and generally do what they can to prevent the spread of this still-developing disease.

On October 22, 2020, New Orleans Mayor Cantrell held a press conference in which she announced a $500 fine for anyone who is not wearing a mask in public in the city.

Let’s take a look at this new policy, what it means for the citizens of New Orleans, and what you can do if you receive a ticket.

Mayor LaToya Cantrell's New Policy on Masks

The mayor claims she has the right to use her inherent power to protect the public from harm by ordering New Orleans Police to issue tickets for non-compliance with mask rules. 

She also claims she has a right to fine people or, if they cannot afford a fine, the accused can place themselves at further risk by electing to pick up trash.

Does the law allow for this?

At Crescent City Law, we disagree with the Mayor. Our firm is devoted to helping people who are wrongfully and unlawfully ticketed or accused of crimes they did not commit.

And while I personally support wearing a mask, social distancing rules, and managing my risk whenever possible, I do not believe the law gives the Mayor the right to enforce these rules in such a way.

That’s why our attorneys are available to defend your case if you or a loved one receive a ticket for not wearing a mask.

Contact Crescent City Law today

Because our team of attorneys is devoted to helping people unlawfully ticketed, we are representing anyone who has received a ticket for not wearing a mask. If you have been ticketed, have further questions, or would like to schedule an appointment with Crescent City Law, contact us today.​

 

*A note: Please remember that there is an election on November 3, 2020. I strongly urge you to vote.

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