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Rule 600: Get Your Loved One Out of Jail

The District Attorney cannot send a person to jail and throw away the key.  They are accountable to the courts. They are accountable to the Constitution.  Accountability is enforced by the defendant’s lawyer.

Pennsylvania Rule of Criminal Procedure (PA.R.C.P.) 600 is one way to hold ADA’s accountable.  The rule requires that defendant’s be brought to trial within a specific period of time.  Felony cases must be tried with 365 days from the date on which the complaint is filed.  The rule also allows for pre-trial release of defendant’s who have been held in prison in excess of 180 days from the date of the filing of the complaint.

There are exceptions to the Rule.  One such exception is any time attributed to the defense.  The defense may continue the case for investigation purposes, to speak with witnesses, or prepare for trial.  This defense time is not counted for purposes of this rule.

For more information, speak with a Philadelphia criminal defense lawyer.  Contact our Center City Law Office. We are located at 1518 Walnut Street in Philadelphia, PA.