Q: How long does the court system have to bring you to court and sentence you for a criminal matter for 2019
A: The short answer is, 365 days from the date of the filing of a criminal complaint. However, this does not include what the law describes as "excludable time" which could be time in a diversionary treatment program or continuance requests by defense counsel for investigation and trial preparation. In addition, many of the criminal courts in Pennsylvania experienced a shut down of their trial schedules during COVID which may also count as excludable time. It is important to review any orders handed down in your particular county regarding pauses in the conduct of criminal trials during COVID. If you have not already, you should consult with an experienced criminal defense attorney to address your matter.
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