You cant file a speedy trial demand unless there are charges pending. Based on that your lawyer was right. If they waited to long to indict, that is subject to a motion to dismiss.
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One more tidbit might help you understand better. Speedy trial rights only start to run when you are arraigned in court Sacramento, like many other courts, sometimes allow for what is called "further arraignment". If you have never entered a plea, then the speedy trial statutory scheme has not yet started. I suspect this is what occurred to show a two year gap. You need to get a hold of your previous attorney to ask what exactly occurred the first time this case was set for arraignment. Good luck.