How does rule 600 apply to a plea?
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Rule 600 may or may not impact your case as described. Rule 600 involves the timing of trial. Specifically, 600(A) sets forth the time frame for "COMMENCEMENT OF TRIAL; TIME FOR TRIAL." The general rule is that the government has one year to bring your case to trial. You indicated that you plead guilty "in early 2017." We need a specific date to begin the analysis. Did you plead before February 7, 2017? If so, that it within one year of your charges being filed so Rule 600 is not implicated. If your plea occurred after February 7, 2017 then you need to look at the time between the filing of the charges and the entry of your plea to see what, if any, time is attributed to the defense and/or exclude-able from the government's time.
Another issue is the delay in imposition of Sentence. Rule 704 states that "sentence in a court case shall ordinarily be imposed within 90 days of conviction or the entry of a plea of guilty or nolo contendere." It appears that this general rule was violated in your case, but there are provisions for extending this time frame "for good cause shown."
Nonetheless, if procedural rules were violated in your case and you have not already raised objections or appeals you may be out of time to do so. A claim under Pennsylvania's Post-Conviction Relief Act (PCRA) must be raised within one year of the date that your sentence becomes final, which is generally 30 days after imposition, if no Post-Sentence Motions or Appeals have been filed. If you were sentenced in July of 2018, it is highly likely that the time within which you must file a PCRA petition has expired.
The information above, though authoratiative and based on years of education, training and experience is not intended as legal advice, nor does it create an attorney/client relationship between the responder and the poster of the question. As always, when you have a legal issue you should consult a licensed attorney in your jurisdiction.