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i have appeared in township court 3 times ,same charge criminal

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i have appeared in township court 3 times ,same charge criminal mischief each time i was told we will have you back for a pretrial disposition. how long can this go on and is this normal
Submitted: 5 years ago.
Category: Criminal Law
Expert:  Zoey_ JD replied 5 years ago.

It's perfectly normal, unless there's a deal on the table right now that you want. Otherwise, it takes time to negotiate a better disposition. If you're not interested in a plea and you are planning on going to trial on the case, you can come back once a month for a year or more waiting for your case to get "ripe" enough to have any priority in the system.

There are always more cases than there are judges to hear them. New(ish) cases, particularly if the defendant is at liberty rather than sitting in jail, have to wait their turn.

If you don't have a lawyer, you should get one and let him do the talking to the judge. That way, the judge doesn't get mad at you. And that way, too, you will always know whether things are going the way they should or if there's some problem with your case.

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