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Criminal Defense Rule 600

Rule 600 is a rule of procedure that comes up in Criminal Defense cases. child endangerment Under the 6th amendment of the constitution of the United States, there is a clause that guarantees our right to a speedy trial. Similarly, if you are facing criminal charges in Pennsylvania, under the rules of criminal procedure, rule 600 also guarantees that right. The prosecution must bring every criminal defendant to trial within 1 year of them being charged with the offense. If they fail to do so, then the defense attorneys for the defendant can file a motion to dismiss the charges. With every rule, there come exceptions. There are many exceptions to the rule 600. The prosecution must be the ones at fault to get the charges dismissed, if the trial is not happened within a year of being charged. If the defense files motions or asks for continuances, and the trial has not happened within a year, you cannot file for dismissal under rule 600.

In considering Rule 600 and Criminal Defense cases, Rule 600 does not apply where the accused may be on the run or does not show up for court dates. statute of limitations If the defendant does anything that prolongs the trial past 1 year, the rule 600 does not apply. If it were not the case, then the defense would presumably file a bunch of motions and continuances to push it past the 1 year mark, and all the charges would be dropped. In recent years the courts have begun to really narrow what does and does not apply for rule 600. If the judge that is hearing the case, is hearing another case, and the trial is continued until past the 1 year mark, the charges can't be dropped under rule 600. The criminal justice system in any part of the country is typically backed up and there are a lot of cases to be heard. It is not the fault of the prosecution if the judge in the case was overseeing another case. All the prosecution has to show is that they made an effort to get the trial started in under a 1 year. While rule 600 is put in place to speed up the court proceedings, there are many instances where rule 600 does not exempt an individual from their charges.

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