Philadelphia, PA asked in Criminal Law for Pennsylvania

Q: How long can they hold you in jail?

My boyfriend has been held for over 30 days now in county because he tested positive for weed at his P.O. visit. How long can they keep him there without telling him when he can expect to be released? He applied for a public defender but hasn’t heard anything yet.

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Zak Taylor Goldstein
Zak Taylor Goldstein
  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Philadelphia, PA
  • Licensed in Pennsylvania

A: He could be held for the maximum possible penalty for the charges for which he is on probation. For example, if he is on probation for an M2, he could be held for two years. With that said, in most counties, the judge will schedule a hearing on a technical violation within a month or two. In some counties, it is less than that. If he retains an attorney, an attorney may be able to get something scheduled sooner for him depending on the county.

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