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You have a right to a speedy trial under the Sixth Amendment of the United States Constitution, which requires that the trial be held within a certain time frame after a person has been charged with a crime. This right can be waived by asking for additional time for the preparation of your defense.
With limited exceptions, a defendant should be brought to trial in Missouri: Within 70 days of your first appearance on an Information or Indictment; If you are in custody, within 90 days following the beginning of custody.
A felony is a crime usually punishable by imprisonment for more than one year. A misdemeanor, on the other hand, is usually punishable by a fine or a year or less of incarceration.
Specifically, this right is governed by Missouri Constitution Article I Bill of Rights § 18(a) and Missouri Revised Statutes Chapter 545 Proceedings Before Trial § 545.780.
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