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How Long Is This Going To Last?

You want closure. It's natural. You're human. And one of the things you may be wondering as you face a criminal charge is how long is this going to last?

You're arrested. You go to jail and post your bond. You get a court date set out about 21-30 days. You may go to court and then get another court date set several months later. You must be wondering when this is going to end.

First thing - slow down. You're charged with a crime. Your criminal attorney needs time to investigate the allegations against you. If you're charged with a felony, your attorney will be permitted more time than if you were charged with a misdemeanor. If you are charged with a felony, your attorney will likely take depositions of state witnesses. If charged with a misdemeanor, your attorney will only get to take depositions if good cause can be shown to the court.

If your case is going to be resolved by plea agreement, your attorney needs time to negotiate the best possible resolution. Sometimes this takes a while.

If your case is going to be resolved by jury trial, then your attorney needs ample time to prepare.

Misdemeanor cases can take between 90 days up to a year to resolve. Felony cases can take several months, or even several years to resolve if the charges are serious enough.

The bottom line is that while being charged with a crime is an uncertain situation, don't kid yourself into thinking that a quick resolution is the best.

There are two ways to do things: the quick way, or the right way. It's your life we're talking about. It is often the passage of time that brings a great result to a criminal case.