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Has my right to a speedy trial being violated?

Pittsburgh, PA |

In march of this year I was arrested and the pre-trial has been postponed twice by the local court...both times for the same reason. 1st time stating they didn't have weights of weed back from crime lab. My attorney and I agreed to a verbal reading from crime lab at 1st pre-trial, but were told by local police that after they contacted crime lab, the lab informed the police that they did not have report ready. The 2nd time stating the crime lab did not have authorization from local police to do testing? Now the pre-trial has been postponed for 5 and a half months from my arrest date. please advise.

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The right to a speedy-trial is difficult to pin down, but a five-month delay is, in all but the rarest cases, not long enough to violate it.

Pennsylvania courts rarely encounter speedy trial violations, however, because Pennsylvania has codified that right by Rule into a requirement that trial take place within 365 days of the date a complaint is filed. In your case, it sounds like you aren't even half-way to the 365 day mark, which means that your Rule based right to speedy trial has not yet been violated either.

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It sounds like you have an attorney working for you right now, so you should ask him/her to answer this question based on the specifics of your case and what has happened so far. Best of luck.

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You need to discuss this with your attorney. No one else can give you advice. My assumption is that you have brought this up with him and he said it is not a violation. From what you have conveyed, he would be absolutely correct.