After being convicted of a crime, regardless of the circumstances, nobody wants to be detained for an indefinite period of time. This is particularly true for those who feel that they are not guilty of the offense.
This brings up the following question: what are my speedy trial rights?
Many people are unaware of the fact that their case must be brought to court within a particular period of time. A failure to do so could result in the case being dismissed.
Pennsylvania Speedy Trial Rights
The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania has its own set of speedy trial rights which govern when a defendant will have his or her day in court.
Let’s take a closer look at some of the finer details:
- Speedy trial rights attach as soon as an individual is arrested or charged with a criminal offense
- These rights ensure that the government cannot detain an individual for an unwarranted period of time before bringing them to trial
- In the state of Pennsylvania, an individual must be brought to trial within 365 days of their arrest or the charges against them must be dismissed
- Any trial in the District Court of the United States has a speedy trial time of 120 days
It is important to note the following: any delays caused by the defendant or the defendant’s attorney to push that time back, does not count against this time.
With this bit of advice in mind, it is extremely important to hire anexperienced criminal defense attorney who is aware of the speedy trial rights in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
If you believe your speedy trial rights have been violated, contact us today to discuss your arrest and case in greater detail. In some cases, we may be able to fight for your charges to be dismissed.
Pennsylvania Criminal Procedure Rule 600 is known as the state’s speedy trial statute. While there are many details of the law to be aware of, some of which are organized above, there are others that can impact your case.
Our goal is to make you aware of your rights, explain the speedy trial laws in simple terms, and ensure that your rights have not been violated.