Skip to main content

How long can you be held in jail before you are charged with a crime?

Williston, FL |
Filed under: Criminal charges

My nephew met a young woman online who said she was 20 years old. When he went to meet her in person, he was arrested because she was underage. His intention was to meet her, not for sexual intentions. I'm not sure of the exact date, but he's been in jail for 30+ days and the DA has yet to file any charges. How long does he have to be in jail before the he his charged with a crime?

Attorney Answers 3


  1. You can move for release if charges have not been filed by the 33rd day. However, the State can try to extend that time period up to 40 days which is the maximum time someone can be held in jail without formal charges being filed.

    Without reviewing all the facts and evidence, it is not possible to give a proper opinion regarding the liklihood of sucess of your case.


  2. he needs attorney to dimiss the case for him. now. you don't want him to have child molestor stigma following him around the rest of his life. The government will not guy the notion that he did not meet her for sex, becasue she was probably saying some very very flirty things to him. she probably was not saying come over for cooking lessons.


  3. Find an attorney who practices in the judicial circuit where she is being held, and retain them to file a motion for releasee on recognizance and a demand for adversary preliminary hearing.

    http://www.defendme.net | The response given is not intended to create, nor does it create an ongoing duty to respond to questions. The response does not form an attorney-client relationship, nor is it intended to be anything other than the educated opinion of the author. It should not be relied upon as legal advice. The response given is based upon the limited facts provided by the person asking the question. To the extent additional or different facts exist, the response might possibly change. Attorney is licensed to practice law only in the State of Florida. Responses are based solely on Florida law unless stated otherwise.

Criminal defense topics

Top tips from attorneys

What others are asking

Can't find what you're looking for?

Post a free question on our public forum.

Ask a Question

- or -

Search for lawyers by reviews and ratings.

Find a Lawyer

Browse all legal topics