Patience Please

Many criminal defendants get frustrated when their cases are not resolved quickly.   I understand their frustrations, but they need to be patient.

The criminal-legal system is slow.  Prosecutors and defense lawyers need time to exchange information, explore potential plea agreements, investigate cases, conduct legal research, draft motions, argue motions, etc.  A case filed today may be tried to a jury a year from now.

The impatient defendant also needs to keep in mind that his file is not the only one in his lawyer’s cabinet.  There are only so many work hours in a week and all those hours can’t be dedicated to a single case.

Jeremy Richey

Jeremy J. Richey, Attorney at Law
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