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Has your son ever signed away his right to a speedy trial?
You need to write to the head of the public defender's office, not to the district attorney. The public defender is your side. The district attorney is the opposing side.
I'll await your response.
OK, well ask your son if he signed that.
You may have to work your way up the county chain of command. You may also need to work your legislators (the state ones, not the federal ones). It also doesn't hurt to try and get a reporter interested in the story.
You need to contact the Director of the Public Defender Agency.
You also need to talk with your son and ask him if he signed a waiver of his right to a speedy trial.
Forget about legislators, I didn't realize that you are in a different state.
What is your son charged with?
From what you described, the defense attorney is just spread too thin.
You're going to have to either get some money together to hire a decent attorney or make enough noise to enough people that people will start paying attention. For example, you could sit in front of the courhouse in a chair with a picket sign. That's legal and will attract attention without hurting anyone. Now, that's not legal advice - that's more of what I'd do if I didn't have any money and had to do something.
Sure, write to the county Commissioners.
If he didn't waive his rights, he can move to have the charges dismissed.
You can also set a bail hearing and try to bail him out. It shouldn't cost much if his record is otherwise good.