Right to a speedy trial – by Richard Noel

Criminal Defense, speedy trials, and bonds

Right to a speedy trial

An important feature of American law is the social contract between the citizen and the state.  This contract was initially framed by the founding fathers as the United States Constitution.  You may be familiar with the Bill of Rights, in particular the term “due process,” wherein an individual has the right to maintain their life, liberty, and property, given the due process of law.

Often times when a person is arrested, their bail may be set high, and they may not be able to afford the set bond that allows them to prepare their defense outside of the jailhouse. How long will they sit in jail until they can exercise their right to a trial by jury?

The Sixth Amendment to the United States Constitution grants a right, inter alia, to a speedy trial.  The application of this law has been interpreted by the United States Supreme Court since its inception in 1791.

In addition, Mississippi law provides some of its own standards.  Mississippi Code Ann. § 99-17-1 states “Unless good cause be shown, and a continuance duly granted by the court, all offenses for which indictments are presented to the court shall be tried no later than two hundred seventy (270) days after the accused has been arraigned.”

This statute places a burden upon the State of Mississippi to swiftly try a case against the accused.  There are many factors, so a private consultation may help you understand the position you or a loved one are in.  If you know someone who has been denied bond, or whose bond is too high; please contact us.

Panter Law Firm, PLLC, 7736 Old Canton Road, Suite B, Madison, MS 39110.



Craig Painter