A Vegas Defense Lawyer Describes Criminal Trial Timeline & Exceptions in Nevada NRS 174.511
When you are facing criminal charges, the timeline of your trial is going to have a big impact on your life. A speedy trial will allow for the fast resolution of the pending charges so you do not have the case hanging over your head and so you are not continually worried about the threat that you could end up imprisoned or facing other penalties. Unfortunately, a fast trial could also have some downsides. You could have insufficient time to conduct an investigation into evidence, find and interview witnesses, and otherwise put together the best possible defense strategy.
There are Nevada rules for how quickly criminal cases must progress to trial and you need to know what those rules are. You also need to know your rights within the Nevada criminal justice system for either seeking delays or for trying to move the case forward quickly, depending upon which strategy is the one you believe is likely to result in the best outcome. Making strategic decisions about how to try to manipulate the timeline of your case can be very complicated, as you need to be able to understand the law and to make an assessment of both the prosecutor’s readiness to go to trial as well as how prepared you are to raise defenses.
LV Criminal Defense is a trusted and experienced Las Vegas defense firm that knows the rules of Nevada criminal procedure and that has helped many clients to develop effective trial strategies. Give us a call right away if you’re faced with criminal charges and want help making decisions on issues like whether to try to postpone the case or how to present evidence in a manner likely to reduce chances of conviction.
Nevada Rules for Criminal Case Timelines
There are many different timelines and deadlines as a criminal case moves forward through the Nevada justice system. For example, the law requires defendants to provide information about alibi witnesses at least 10 days before the trial begins.
The basic rules for the time line of a criminal trial, however, are found within Nevada Revised Statute section 174.511. This section of Nevada’s criminal procedure rules specifies that the state has the right to demand that a timely trial occur within no more than 60 days of the time that a defendant was arraigned. This means within 60 days of the time you discover the specifics of the charges against you, a trial could be taking place to determine your future.
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There are some exceptions to this general 60 day rule. For example, the court can postpone a case if the court docket is too full and there are scheduling conflicts which make it impossible for the case to be heard within the 60 day timeframe. The most important exception for defendants, however, is the exception which allows the court to postpone the start of a trial beyond the standard 60 day period if the court finds the defense needs more time to prepare. You can, therefore, ensure you have sufficient time to build your case if 60 days isn’t enough.
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A speedy trial can sometimes be beneficial to defendants, but at other times can be detrimental. Whether you want a trial to go forward within 60 days or not will depend upon lots of different things, including the strength of your own case and the perceived readiness of the prosecutor to move forward.
At LV Criminal Defense, we know the timeline of a criminal trial can make a big difference in the prosecutor’s ability to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt and in a defendant’s ability to try to avoid a guilt verdict. We will carefully review your case and provide you with guidance on whether to try to move forward as quickly as possible in a criminal case or whether tactics for delay should be explored.
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