Denton County Issues COVID-19

“Stay At Home” Order:

Lawyers and Law Firms Still at Work


At Noon on Tuesday, March 24, 2020 Denton County, Texas issued a “Stay at Home” Order for residents and “Non-Essential” businesses.  Denton County Judge Andy Eads issued a Disaster Declaration and Executive Order Amendment of the Denton County Judge in a continuing response to the novel corona virus that is affecting Denton County.  This is the Third Amendment to the Original Disaster Declaration regarding the novel corona virus first issued by Denton County on March 17, 2020.  The Amendment increases Denton County’s response to the corona virus by requiring that Denton County citizens stay at home.  The most relevant part of the New Order reads,


“The virus that causes 2019 Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) is easily transmitted through person to person contact making it essential to slow the spread of the virus.  This Order is for supporting the public and private health care providers ability to handle the influx of new patients and safeguard public health and safety.  Because of the risk of the rapid spread of the virus and the need to protect the most vulnerable members of the community this Order requires all individuals in Denton County to STAY AT HOME – except for specific essential activities and work to provide essential business and government services or perform essential public infrastructure construction, including housing.”


Section 2, Paragraph B, Sub-part vii, Titled, Essential Services Necessary to Maintain Essential Operations of Residences or Other Essential Business, specifically defines as essential “Professional services, such as legal services.”  Therefore, lawyers in Denton County, if they choose to, will be at work as usual March 25 and thereafter.  The Amended Order from Denton County acknowledges that some legal issues just cannot be put off.


The Peugh Law Firm and Attorney Daniel Peugh will be working regular hours throughout the COVID-19 crisis.  As a dedicated Criminal Defense Firm the Peugh Law Firm will continue to work to see that citizens accused can still be granted bonds, released from jail and afforded regular hearings regarding their legal matters.  Daniel Peugh is also committed to seeing that juveniles, who may be picked up by authorities and taken to a detention center, receive hearings to secure their release without delay.  The Peugh Law Firm is still working in these uncertain times and still accepting new clients in order to meet these commitments.


If you have a Criminal or Juvenile Law matter that cannot wait, you can contact the Peugh Law Firm at 940-566-0271 during regular business hours.  We are prepared to begin representation right away to see that new clients and the issues they care about are not lost in the turbulence of our current times.  If you are facing criminal charges, do not wait until regular court settings begin again.  There is much that can be done for your benefit while the Courts are operating slower than usual.  In fact, this is the best time to start your defense as prosecutors and court staff are working shorter hours or are out of the office entirely.  Don’t waste this opportunity we are still working.  Let us work for you.