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Speedy trial?

The constitution says you have a right to a speedy trial. The constitution does not define what, exactly, is the time allowed before your right to a speedy trial is violated. In Washington speedy trial is defined by court rule. The state has 60 days to take you to trial if you are in custody; 90 days if you are out of custody. BUT the 60/90 days does not start running from when you are arrested; it starts running from the date of your arraignment. Even then it is not always clear cut when time for trial has expired as there are several exception in the court rules during which the time for trial does not "run". When in doubt consult with, and listen to, your attorney.

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