I requested a State appointed Attorney for my felony charges three months ago have not heard anything how do I speed up the process?

I requested a State appointed Attorney for my felony charges three months ago have not heard anything how do I speed up the process? I was charged with a felony for throwing a cup of ice at my step son age 12 .

Asked on May 3, 2016 under Criminal Law, Texas

Answers:

B.H.F., Member, Texas State Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

The process does usually take 3-6 months for an indictment to be returned or denied. You really don't want to speed up the process unless speeding it up helps you.
When cases are sped up, then often they are rushed, assumptions are made, and bad things happen.  So... don't push unless there is a good reason to push.
With regard to a court appointed attorney, most courts will not appoint an attorney until a charge has actually be filed in the court or you are in jail.  You don't want to be in jail.  If you want to know whether your case has actually been filed, then contact the clerk of the court of the county where the event allegedly occurred. 
In the mean time, it would be prudent to do a consultation with a criminal attorney or two.  More and more offer free consultations.  They can give you some points on the nature of the prosecutor(s) likely to be reviewing your case and help you put together a package for the grand jury that could potentially influence the outcome of your case.


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