Ishpeming, MI asked in Criminal Law and Federal Crimes for Michigan

Q: How long can you be held in jail without being proven guilty?

My boyfriend is being charged with receiving and concealing a stolen firearm, and was arrested in June, and finally has a preliminary exam in December.

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Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers
  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Grand Rapids, MI
  • Licensed in Michigan

A: This is actually a fairly complex area of the law. Generally, your boyfriend could push for a personal recognizance bond after six months, but the judge can then simply state reasons on the record why bond should remain and in what amount. The long and short of it is that there's really no set time for how long charges can remain pending, and there could be ample reasons why it's in your boyfriend's best interest not to push things too quickly.

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