To Avoid Sitting in Jail Forever, You Have to Request a Speedy Trial

June 26, 2013

The Sixth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution guarantees defendants the right to a speedy trial. This right is granted so that an individual will not be arrested and then placed in jail indefinitely. It also helps people avoid having charges hanging over them if they are released on bail. No specific length of time is specified by law. Instead, courts look at a number of factors to determine if a person’s right to a speedy trial has been violated.