How long can a jail hold you without an arraignment?

He was picked up for a warrant. The warrant had 6 charges on it and a 10,000 dollar cash only bond. He’s been in jail a week now, and hasn’t went infront of a judge. When I called and asked when he would be able to the jail told me, “I don’t know it could be a couple weeks or it could be months, our judge is behind in cases right now.” He told me there’s a guy that’s been in there 9 months and hasn’t went infront of a judge yet. How long can they hold him there without going infront of a judge or releasing him. All 6 charges on the warrant are felonies.

Asked on August 15, 2012 under Criminal Law, Missouri


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Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

Under the laws of all states the person whi has been jailed for a crime or crimes essentially can be held in jail prior to any arraignment pending formal criminal charges being filed against him indefinitely. The option for the person that you have written about is for him to consult with an attorney about a "writ of habeas corpus" to get him released from jail.

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