How long between drug arrest and arraignment in federal court? 6 Answers as of September 28, 2010

An individual arrested for drugs has had their case picked up through a federal indictment. How long will it take for arraignment or assignment of a public defender?

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Nelson & Lawless
Nelson & Lawless | Terry Nelson
If in custody, a defendant has to be arraigned within only a few days. At that arraignment, he can request appointment of a Public Defender and bail reduction or OR release. He could hire private counsel at any time, and could bail out at any time unless this is no bail. Paying bail reduces the funds available to hire an attorney, so judge wisely the value of bailing out a day or two early. If serious about hiring counsel in this, feel free to contact me.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 9/28/2010
Law Office of Travis Prestwich, PC
Law Office of Travis Prestwich, PC | Travis Prestwich
Typically the assignment of a public defender will occur at the arraignment. Arraignment usually occurs quickly if the person is in custody or can take several weeks if out of custody.
Answer Applies to: Oregon
Replied: 9/28/2010
Smith & John
Smith & John | Kenneth Craig Smith, Jr.
Usually the assignment of a public defender is within 72 hours. You should call the Federal Public Defenders Office in your city for further specific information.
Answer Applies to: Louisiana
Replied: 9/28/2010
V U.S.A. Law Offices
V U.S.A. Law Offices | Michael Vu
If the person is not in custody, there is no specific time a case has to be brought to an arraignment. It depends on how fast the US attorney can file the complaint, information or indictment. If a person is taken into custody (arrested), the general time is 48-72 hours.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 9/27/2010
Beaulier Law Office
Beaulier Law Office | Maury Beaulier
Under the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure, a magistrate judge must hold the preliminary hearing within a reasonable time, but no later than 14 days after the initial appearance if the defendant is in custody and no later than 21 days if not in custody. That time may be extended with the defendant's consent and upon a showing of good cause. If the defendant does not consent, the magistrate judge may extend the time limits only on a showing that extraordinary circumstances exist and justice requires the delay.
Answer Applies to: Minnesota
Replied: 9/27/2010
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