The Speedy Trial Right and Other Timing Issues

Once one is charged with a crime, forces may pull both ways. On the one hand, a defendant might want to move the proceedings quickly, perhaps with the hope of allowing the government less time to prepare or putting an end to the nervous process of awaiting the outcome. On the other hand, "aging" a case is sometimes helpful, whether because of the extra preparation time, because the prosecution's zeal for the case might diminish, or because of some other factor. Here you'll learn about the speedy trial right, continuances, and other factors that play into the timing of a criminal case.


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