The United States Constitution guarantees that all criminal defendants have a right to a speedy and public trial. Rule 600 of the Pennsylvania Rules of Criminal Procedure generally requires that the Commonwealth bring a criminal defendant to trial within 365 days of the filing of the criminal complaint. Delay caused as a result of the defendant filing motions to continue or delay any portion of the pre-trial process will usually not be included in the 365 window. Also, if a defendant is deemed "unavailable" for reasons of flight from jurisdiction or incarceration in another state, the days of "unavailability" are not included in the 365 day window. For more details and analysis, contact a Scranton lawyer at ROGAN LAW.
If you are facing criminal charges in Lackawanna or Luzerne County, you need to protect your legal rights and hire an experienced and aggressive Wilkes-Barre criminal lawyer. A Lackawanna County defense attorney will help you navigate through the complicated legal system and protect your right as a citizen.