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Technically, Texas Code of Criminal Procedure, Article 32.01 prevents citizens from being left in jail or on bail for long periods of time without being indicted. The DA technically only has until the next grand jury seated after the arrest to seek and obtain an indictment, but this can be extended "for good cause shown." The reason I mentioned they had no real time limit is because the courts in Texas have adopted a "totality of the circumstances" test to determine whether or not the DA has shown good cause to delay the indictment. If you wish to move the process along, then you need to file with the court a Motion to Dismiss or in the alternative for Speedy Trial pursuant to Article 32.01 which will force the DA to explain why it is taking so long.
Consultation is for the attorneys to confer about moving the case. At this time you should ask your attorney about moving for a dismissal under the speedy trial act or at least asking for a speedy trial to get the process moving.
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