By Law Office of A. Oliver Hassibi
March 9, 2014
The length of time a case will take from beginning to end is always a very common question that is asked when a client first hires their attorney. How much will this cost, and how long will it take seem to be what’s on everyone’s mind, and rightfully so. Well, the answer of course, depends, as any good lawyer will tell you. The time it takes for a case to settle or conclude depends on many factors and in large part, is not within the control of any one party.
But there is what is known as a “speedy trial” rule in Texas which in most cases can give you a time frame within which you can expect your case to be heard. If you are accused of a felony, the state must bring your case to trial within 180 days after the date you are charged. If you are accused of a misdemeanor which is punishable by imprisonment of more than 180 days, the state must bring your case to trial within 90 days. If the misdemeanor you are charged with is punishable by imprisonment of 180 days or less, or punishable by a fine only, the state must bring your case to trial within 60 days of your being charged.
These time frames only apply if you have not waived your right to a speedy trial, if you have not filed any pretrial motions, and you have not asked for any continuances. Basically, you can’t be the reason for the delay and then hold the state to these time frames for a speedy trial. Of course, if you choose to plead out your case before your trial is ever set or started, the time frame for settling your case will be shorter.
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