Q: What is the definition of a speedy trial in the state of Texas. How long does the state have to get to trial?
If a defendant states to his lawyer and in court he wants to go to trial and no deals, how long does the state have to get the case in front of a jury? Especially, if the state has advised the judge at pre trial hearings on 2 occasions they were ready to go to trial only to cancel the day of or a few days before.
Speedy Trial is guaranteed by the 6th Amendment. In TX it is Article 1, Section 10 that gives you the same right. The courts must give you a speedy trial. The accused in jail while waiting for trial gets a faster trial then the accused who is out on bond. If you are in jail after 90-120 days since your request for a speedy trial, you are entitled to a low or no bond, if you do not get your trial. If you are out on bond, it could take a year.
It is important to file a written request with the court. Verbal requests are often ignored in law.
I hope this helps.
Justia Ask a Lawyer is a forum for consumers to get answers to basic legal questions. Any information sent through Justia Ask a Lawyer is not secure and is done so on a non-confidential basis only.
The use of this website to ask questions or receive answers does not create an attorney–client relationship between you and Justia, or between you and any attorney who receives your information or responds to your questions, nor is it intended to create such a relationship. Additionally, no responses on this forum constitute legal advice, which must be tailored to the specific circumstances of each case. You should not act upon information provided in Justia Ask a Lawyer without seeking professional counsel from an attorney admitted or authorized to practice in your jurisdiction. Justia assumes no responsibility to any person who relies on information contained on or received through this site and disclaims all liability in respect to such information.
Justia cannot guarantee that the information on this website (including any legal information provided by an attorney through this service) is accurate, complete, or up-to-date. While we intend to make every attempt to keep the information on this site current, the owners of and contributors to this site make no claims, promises or guarantees about the accuracy, completeness or adequacy of the information contained in or linked to from this site.