How long can you drag out an aggervated battery case if you do not have a lawyer ?

Asked almost 2 years ago - Joliet, IL

My boyfriend is being charged with aggervated battery, we have a baby on the way, he's facing 3 years and does not have a lawyer. I'm wondering if he will be able to be here for the baby's birth. He has gone to court once but has to go back in 2 weeks and most likely not have a lawyer by then either.

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  1. Luke Allen Thomas

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    Answered . If he cannot afford an attorney then he should ask for the Public Defender. It depends on the complexity of the case, the court docket, and how frequent the county conducts jury trials and the judge's tolerance for continuances. I've handled battery cases which take 9 months to go to trial. If delay is your primary goal and not putting together a viable defense, be upfront with your attorney. Also, just because the maximum penalty may be 3 years, it doesn't mean he has to do any jail time. The offense is probationable. The sentence, if he pleads or is found guilty, takes into a variety of factors, including his criminal history, his employment, dependents, etc. If he isn't employed, he better get a job quickly. The judge will be more inclined to believe it is necessary to have in on probation to allow him to financially support his unborn child if he is productive and earning an income. If he simply sits around without a job and you are forced to collect public aid, then there isn't much incentive to not have him sit in jail.

    Good luck!

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  2. Judy A. Goldstein

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    Answered . If your boyfriend cannot afford a lawyer, one will be appointed for him. Although his case may take quite some time, the fact that he is soon to be a father will not be a basis for dragging out the case.

  3. Peggy Margaret Raddatz

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    Answered . He needs to ask for a public defender.

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  4. Raymond George Wigell

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    Answered . A defendant has a right to an attorney. If the defendant informs the judge that he needs additional time to interview prospective attorneys the judge should allow a continuance. How long this process takes and how long a judge will allow it to go on is the question.

    An experienced criminal defense lawyer will need time to review the case and properly advise the defendant.

    Hopefully, although not relevant to the case, the time used to properly prepare the defense case will allow your boyfriend to experience the birth.

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