There are a number of California regulations regarding COVID-19 that are designed to help protect those in our state. However, some of them have gone too far and some of them may be prosecuted too aggressively. If you have been accused of violating any COVID-19 regulation, we recommend you contact Law Offices of Patrick S. Aguirre at 800-572-1252 now for a free legal consultation.
Consider This Example
The Attorney General, Xavier Becerra, announced alongside the Alameda County District Attorney, Nancy O’Malley, that charges had been brought against Rajvinder Singh, owner of the Apna Bazar grocery store. The charges? Price gouging.
How Price Gouging Charges Work
In the state of California, it is against the law during a state of emergency or local state of emergency to charge more than 10% what a product would cost if the emergency was not in place. There was a state of emergency declared on March 4th by the governor. This means that price gouging laws are indeed in play. The complaint against the defendant is that he raised the price of essential food items more than 10%.
It Seems Clear That This is a Scare-Tactic
The District Attorney stated that they want to keep all businesses in the county on notice that they will take action if price gouging occurs. The DA said that their office adheres to the law and wants to prevent businesses from exploiting customers. That said, it seems that Mr. Singh may simply be a warning sign to other companies in the area.
More About the Complaint in Question
The charges against Mr. Singh came after the California Department of Justice worked with the Alameda County District Attorney’s office and found out that Mr. Singh allegedly did boost the prices of a variety of grocery items. They “proved” this by gathering receipts for various products and claim that some prices had been raised by as much as 200%. Items they claimed were illegally increased in price include pomegranates, red yams, yellow onions, ginger, and instant noodles.
Call Us Today if You Are Charged with a Crime Related to COVID-19 Regulations
Of course, the above example covers just one type of regulation. At Law Offices of Patrick S. Aguirre you can speak to an experienced criminal defense attorney who will help defend you against any charges related to COVID-19. The next step is very easy. Contact an attorney by reaching out to us at 800-572-1252. We are here to provide a free legal consultation so that you can better understand the options available to you.