San Leandro, CA asked in Criminal Law for California

Q: How long should it take a public defender to get my case file?

I have an appointed PD who has been trying to get my case file before my court date but has not been able to. Is this the norm?

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2 Lawyer Answers

Ghazal Sharif

  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Pleasanton, CA
  • Licensed in California

A: The timing depends on many factors, including the responsible law enforcement agency preparing the police report and whether there is an ongoing criminal investigation such as a DUI. I recommend placing trust in your Public Defender and contacting your Public Defender about the anticipated timeline of obtaining the police report.

Dale S. Gribow

  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Palm Desert, CA
  • Licensed in California

A: more info needed.

are you saying you have been to court or going to court and your lawyer can not get a file?

if you are referring to a police report they often take a long time to obtain one. However without a report there should not be a filing...........and until there is a filing and arraignment, more courts will not appoint a PD...........the fact that one is appointed suggests there is a filing and a police report.

trust your PD.......they do the best job possible and are on YOUR side.

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