Violation of Stay at Home Orders
March 31, 2020
Violations of the statewide Stay at Home order is a Class A misdemeanor which is punishable by up to one year in jail or a fine of up to $2500 or both. It can also include up to two years of probation.
Executive Orders executed by the Governor have the force of law. The penalties associated with a violation of said order are found in K.S.A. 48-939. Law Enforcement has the jurisdiction to enforce under K.S.A. 22-2401 and 22-2401(a).
Executive Order 20-16 under 9(a) states “Law enforcement officers enforcing this order should use their discretion and consider the totality of the circumstances as they determine appropriate enforcement action.”
As complaints are made, those will be reviewed by the Cheyenne County Sheriff and the Cheyenne County Health Department.
If a violation is determined, then the appropriate paperwork will be provided to the County Attorney for prosecution. A violation of an Executive Order is a Class A Misdemeanor.