I assume you have retained a criminal defense attorney to represent you. on a felony charge. If not, do so ASAP. A GA lawyer will meet with you in private and discuss all your concerns. Good luck.
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Depends on how hard your lawyer pushes the case. There are things an attorney can do to speed things up, if that is your wish. If you want to drag things out, you should discuss that with a lawyer also. Call me if I can provide any further information.
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There is not set time. However, if you have a lawyer he can file certain motions to speed the time up, or, if too much time elapses possibly have the case dismissed for lack of a speedy trial.
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The State must accuse or indict the case within the statute of limitations. For a felony this is usually 4 years, but can be more. However, the State typically indicts well before this time period. Once they indict then your lawyer can demand a speedy trial in the first or second term of court after indictment if the charge is not a capital offense. The state will have two terms to have a trial if they do not the charges will be dismissed. Terms very but are usually 3 months. O.C.G.A. 17-7-170 sets out the procedure for filing a speedy trial. If two terms have past since the indictment then you can still ask the court for a speedy trial. If it has been a ridiculous amount of time you can file a motion for speedy trial under the U.S. Constitution's 6th amendment. The test to look at in Georgia is found in the U.S. case Supreme Court case Barker v. Wingo.