My son is currently in custody in Washington County jail on a probation violation until May. While in custody, Multnomah County detectives came and arrested him on another charge. He was in work release in Washington County but is now housed with the Measure 11 offenders. Multnomah County also has a hold on him. I assuming Multnomah County is waiting for him to be released from Washington County and will then bring formal charges against him. He's also being housed with a co-defender in Washington county who has requested a Fast & Speedy trial. I'd like to help my son in any way possible but unsure what to do.
If you want to help your son, make sure he has an attorney. He has a constitutional right to a speedy trial, and most likely a speedy trial right under OR law.
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Unless you're a lawyer, you should not be giving your son legal advice. Instead, contact his lawyer (parents are included within the attorney-client privilege under OEC 503 (legislative commentary explains disclosure permitted to "spouse, parent, business associate, or joint client"). Ask your son's lawyer(s) your questions. Alternatively, hire an attorney to assist your son globally, in both counties. Good luck!
To answer your question about receiving more jail time because of a request for a speedy trial: A person charged with a crime has a right to a trial within a certain period of time. Making a request for trial does not mean that a person will receive more jail time because they simply made the request. If there was a plea offered in the matter, the plea may no longer be available if trial is requested. In this case, the best way to help your son is to make sure he is represented by an attorney as soon as possible.
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