How long can someone be jailed without a court date or bond set?

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How long can someone be jailed without a court date or bond set?

Girlfriend has been in a week with no update on her status. She is just sitting in jail. 2 charges of possession of a controlled substance.

Asked on August 18, 2011 Alabama

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Answered 10 years ago | Contributor

In this country the United States' Constituion as well as the constitutions of all states guarantee one's right to a speedy trial once  a person has been arrested and charged with a criminal offense. The length of time in which a person must be brought to trial if he or she does not waive the time for a speedy trial is set forth within each state's criminal code.

To find out what the time period is in Alabama to go to trial you will have to do a bit of research on the subject.

If your girlfriend has been in jail for sometime without any arraignment, court hearings, or bond proceedings, you should go to the public defender's office in the county where she is incarcerated to see if assistance can be provided.

Good luck.


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