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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.
Speedy Trial rights in Texas
With limited exceptions, a defendant should be brought to trial in Texas within the following time frames:
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.
The above time-frame applies to you so long as you have not requested any continuances or filed any pre-trial motions. (Pre-trial motions stop the clock from running as it takes time for the judge to hear and decide your motion.)
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