My son has been locked up in Philadelphia for over a year without getting into court? The witness has never shown. Is this possible?
Eventually a case will get thrown out. Depending on the situation and the type of case, the District Attorney has either 180 days or 360 days to prosecute him, less any time attributable to his lawyer or to him. (See prior posts on Rule 600, Pre-arrest Delay, and Statute of Limitations)
Also, note that Must Be Tried is a legal fiction and exists only in Philadelphia county. Must be tried means nothing unless the judge enforces it.
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