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Know and Protect Your Rights in a Criminal Defense Matter



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Know and Protect Your Rights in a Criminal Defense Matter





What Is The General Timeline For A Drug-Related Case In California?

The timeline for a drug-related case in California will depend on a few factors, including whether it is a misdemeanor or a felony case and whether or not the person is in custody. As a general rule, I would say that most misdemeanor cases take anywhere from three to six months on average. A felony case may take anywhere from six to 12 months or more. If a person is out of custody, the cases usually last longer than if a person is in custody. That’s primarily because when a person is in custody, they don’t want to spend more time in there than necessary, but that also depends on whether or not they waive their right to a speedy trial. If a person is out of custody but they have a serious drug offense, they could be looking at the county jail or state prison time. Oftentimes, that client may just want to take their time and ensure that the case is fully prepared and investigated because their liberty is at stake. So, the timeline varies based on several factors but primarily depends on the seriousness of the offense.

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