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The Right to a Speedy Trial
The Sixth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution and the constitutions of the individual states guarantee the right to a speedy trial.
Continuances in Criminal Cases
A continuance is a grant of additional preparation time before or during a trial.
How Long Do Criminal Cases Take?
The amount of time that passes between an arrest and the filing of charges on the one hand, and trial or entry of a guilty or “no contest” plea on the other, varies widely from case to case.
Should I Ask for a Speedy Trial?
Many defendants want to enforce their right to a speedy trial. But lawyers frequently advise their clients to agree to move slower. Why?
If I Face Criminal Charges and a Civil Lawsuit, Can I Postpone Either Case?
Many kinds of criminal acts can be the basis of civil lawsuits for damages (money).
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