waiting to hear back regarding the toxicology report. This report has been out since Mid June. Is it safe to assume no news is good news? I was told from some people in the field that if it was dirty, it would have come back quickly. I haven't heard from the police department and assuming they do not notify you if the results were negative. However, I'm under the impression they have a year to charge. I checked last month with the police department which would have been after 5 months and they said the test didn't come back yet and when it does they will let me know...
Philadelphia may be different, but usually you would be arrested and charged and the tests would then be sent out. If I were you, I would check with the clerk's office to make sure there are no outstanding warrants for you.
I agree with John - better safe than sorry. Having said that, the more time that goes by the more likely your case got lost rather than the tox report coming back one way or the other. Every year we have a couple cases that go away because the paperwork stopped being anyone's responsibility. A consultation with a local attorney might result in them making some calls that help assure you that you that there is no pending case/warrant, etc.
It can't hurt to make sure there is no outstanding warrant. If you have yet to be charged, i would consider it more likely good news then bad, unless there are facts we have not heard.
As a philly attorney I can tell you to contact the district you got arrested in or have an attorney contact the laboratory who does the blood tests for u.
Please hire an attorney promptly. Drug DUI charges can be beatable but are complicated. It is also sometimes advisable to accept a plea offer. If charges have already been filed then you might be approaching a critical time limit; generally, the Commonwealth must bring the case to trial within 180 days of your preliminary arraignment.
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Charges follow relatively closely to the arrest. In most cases, Defendant faces the charges almost immediately. You're right to conclude that no news is good news. But you're probably not out of the woods yet.
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