Speedy Trial in Jacksonville

When you are arrested in Jacksonville, or anywhere in Florida, you are entitled to a “speedy trial” If you are arrested for a felony, you are entitled to be brought to trial within 175 days of initial arrest absent a more specific demand. If you are arrested for a misdemeanor, you have a right to have a trial within 90 days of arrest.

The speedy trial period starts when you are taken into custody by JSO, not when the actual charges are filed by the prosecutor. To determine if you were actually “arrested” there are certain elements to be considered. They are:

1. The intention by police to make an arrest.

2. The actual or constructive detention of the person to be arrested by police.

3. The communication by the arresting officer to the suspect.

4. What the suspect believes is happening in the situation.