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Was your friend arraigned and a bond set?
Is your friend represented by a local criminal defense attorney?
Thank you for your follow up.
This is a felony case correct?
Did your friend wave speedy trial?
What state is this in?
Unfortunately, once defendant is arraigned and a bond is set, the defendant can be detained until trial date or until defendant posts bond, but the state has to hold trial within 6 months from the arrest, unless the speedy trial was waived by the defendant or her lawyer.
If the defendant need to speak to her public defender, then she can in fact request from jail officials to allow her to call public defender office and the jail employees should provide her with an opportunity to call her assigned public defender so she can inquire about the status of her case.
I wish you the best of luck!