How long does a rape trial last if the defendant plead's not guilty? 47 Answers as of July 03, 2013

Approximately how long does a rape trial last if the defendant pleads not guilty?

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Cornish, Crowley, Rockafellow, & Sartz, PLLC
Cornish, Crowley, Rockafellow, & Sartz, PLLC | Jacob Peter Sartz IV
The trial itself may take weeks or it only take a few days. The proceeding leading to the trial may take months or years. Ultimately, it depends on the complexity of the case, the exact nature of the charges, litigation strategies, the court's schedule, whether the person is in custody, and a litany of other factors.
Answer Applies to: Michigan
Replied: 11/29/2011
Law Office of Daniel K Martin
Law Office of Daniel K Martin | Daniel K Martin
There are too many factors to consider to answer this question. I would estimate that a trial like this would take between 4 days and 15 days (Court days).
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 11/22/2011
Mark Thiessen, Attorney at Law
Mark Thiessen, Attorney at Law | Mark Thiessen
Depends on the facts. Anywhere in between two days to a couple months, maybe.
Answer Applies to: Texas
Replied: 7/3/2013
The Law Office of Marc G. Snyder | Marc Gregory Snyder
A Defendant's plea of not guilty tells the Court that he (or she) feel he just that, not guilty. It has no bearing on the length of the subsequent trial. A trial will last as long or as short as is necessary to get in all of the evidence and include all of the arguments of both sides. The more complicated the case, and the more witnesses that are expected, the longer the trial will last. If the State has a lot of evidence against the Defendant, the case may be shorter, but there really is no way to predict. The bottom line is that a Defendant's plea of not guilty does not have any impact on the length of a trial.
Answer Applies to: Maryland
Replied: 11/21/2011
Law Office of Edward J. Blum
Law Office of Edward J. Blum | Edward J. Blum
About two weeks.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 11/19/2011
    Law Office of Richard Williams
    Law Office of Richard Williams | Richard Williams
    There is no way that anyone could know how long a rape trial will last.
    Answer Applies to: Alabama
    Replied: 6/26/2013
    Law Office of Geoffrey M. Yaryan
    Law Office of Geoffrey M. Yaryan | Geoffrey M. Yaryan
    No way of telling without a lot more information.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 6/26/2013
    Law Office of Eric Sterkenburg
    Law Office of Eric Sterkenburg | Eric Sterkenburg
    A trial may take only a day or it may take months. The time it takes depends on the number of witnesses and the amount of evidence to be presented. If expert witnesses are used the time required goes up. During a trial the prosecution and the defense both try to tell a story as to what happened. The more complicated the story the longer it will take. So as you can see it is not possible to know the time a trial will take without knowing all the facts of the case.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 11/18/2011
    Michael Breczinski
    Michael Breczinski | Michael Breczinski
    The trial lasts as long as it needs to. The trial's length depends on the number of witnesses and the questions asked them and the arguements ofthe lawyers and picking the jury and the court's instructions etc. This varies from case to case. In some cases a trial can go a day or two and in others weeks.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 11/18/2011
    Craig W. Elhart, P.C.
    Craig W. Elhart, P.C. | Craig Elhart
    There are actually two questions. The first would be how long from arraignment to trial? That would depend on the court's docket and the speed at which the court tries cases. Your attorney should be able to make a better estimate of how long before trial. The seond question, how long will the trial last? Again, that would depend on the number of witnesses to be called by both sides. Generally, a trial can be concluded in two to three days maximum.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 11/18/2011
    Law Offices of John Carney
    Law Offices of John Carney | John Carney
    A rape trail will usually take two days to pick jury and a week to try the case unless there are many witnesses which is rare. If there is DNA or other scientific evidence the trail could last for several weeks. If you are charged with rape the length of the trial is the least of your worries. You should retain a good criminal attorney to try to win the case or you are going to prison for a very long time.
    Answer Applies to: New York
    Replied: 11/18/2011
    Dennis Roberts, a P.C.
    Dennis Roberts, a P.C. | Dennis Roberts
    Impossible to answer this question. Depends on the number of witnesses and the amount of cross-examination.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 11/18/2011
    Grant & Grant
    Grant & Grant | Richard L. Grant, Esq.
    3- 5 days to a month. All depends on the facts, allegations, defenses and number of witnesses at trial.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 11/18/2011
    Timothy J. Thill P.C.
    Timothy J. Thill P.C. | Timothy J. Thill
    As long as it takes. Think of your question: that is like asking if the sun will rise in the east or elsewhere in the morning. Seriously, it depends on the number of witnesses to be called by the parties, whether the case is held before a jury or judge, how much time the court can devote to this case day-by day, as it has other matters to attend to during this time, as well.
    Answer Applies to: Illinois
    Replied: 11/17/2011
    Goolsby Law Office
    Goolsby Law Office | Richard Goolsby
    I also am a former state and federal prosecutor for over 26 years. Generally, there is no pre-set length of a trial. I have had criminal trials which lasted half a day and some which have taken weeks to try. We recommend you retain a lawyer ASAP.
    Answer Applies to: Georgia
    Replied: 11/17/2011
    Connell-Savela
    Connell-Savela | Jason Savela
    the length of a trial depends mostly on the number of witnesses, not so much the subject matter - I have seen rape trial last more than 2 weeks and some as short as 2 days.
    Answer Applies to: Colorado
    Replied: 11/17/2011
    Lawrence Lewis
    Lawrence Lewis | Lawrence Lewis, PC
    It will last between 4 and 5 days, unless jury selection takes more than two days.
    Answer Applies to: Georgia
    Replied: 6/26/2013
    Austin Legal Services, PLC
    Austin Legal Services, PLC | Jared Austin
    It depends on a lot of things, such as is the trial bench or jury? Jury selection will probably take at least half a day if not more. It will depend on how many motions in limine are made as well as how much evidence and how many witnesses both sides call and if the defense presents any case at all. At a bare minimum the prosecution is going to need the victim and some medical personnel to present medical evidence of a rape. It really depends on how many witnesses both sides call. It's possible to get it done in one day, but expect at least two to three days with a few days to a week being the norm. Sometimes they last longer than a week and in rare instances multiple weeks. Usually before going to trial a Trial Worksheet is filled out at the Pretrial Conference and it should list the estimated time for trial in order so the court can prepare their docket accordingly.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 11/17/2011
    Law & Mediation Office of Jeffrey L. Pollock, Esq.
    Law & Mediation Office of Jeffrey L. Pollock, Esq. | Jeffrey Lawrence Pollock
    For as long as it takes for both parties to present all their respective witnesses, testimony, and evidence.
    Answer Applies to: Pennsylvania
    Replied: 11/17/2011
    Betts Legal Services
    Betts Legal Services | Shawn M. Betts
    A trial in that type of case can range anywhere from a couple of days to a week or even two.
    Answer Applies to: Minnesota
    Replied: 11/17/2011
    Palumbo and Kosofsky
    Palumbo and Kosofsky | Michael Palumbo
    That depends on how many witnesses are presented.
    Answer Applies to: New York
    Replied: 6/26/2013
    Law Office of Brendan M. Kelly
    Law Office of Brendan M. Kelly | Brendan M. Kelly
    The trial lasts until all the evidence is presented to the jury and reach a verdict.
    Answer Applies to: Nebraska
    Replied: 11/17/2011
    Law Office of Phillip Weiser
    Law Office of Phillip Weiser | Phillip L. Weiser
    As long as it takes to present all the evidence from both the prosecution and defense, if the defense chooses to present any, combined with time for beginning and closing arguments and jury deliberation time. Each case is different, so there is not a "normal" time frame.
    Answer Applies to: Kansas
    Replied: 11/17/2011
    Law Office of Charles J. Block
    Law Office of Charles J. Block | Charles J. Block
    There is no way to predict the time frame for a trial.
    Answer Applies to: New Jersey
    Replied: 11/17/2011
    Law Office of Christopher G Humphrey PC | Christopher G Humphrey
    I am assuming you mean, how long until a trial 6 months unless they waive their right to speedy trial. If they waive speedy could be year(s)
    Answer Applies to: Wyoming
    Replied: 11/17/2011
    Kenyon Law Firm
    Kenyon Law Firm | Todd Kenyon
    Without knowing a lot more about the case, it is not possible to know how long the actual trial will take. Generally after a defendant pleads not guilty, the case is set for a pretrial date that usually occurs between 30 and 60 days from the Omnibus hearing in Minnesota. The Omnibus hearing is the court appearance where most defendant's plead not guilty. If the case does not resolve at the pre-trial then a trial will usually take place 30 to 60 days later. The timelines can vary greatly depending on the jurisdiction or county.
    Answer Applies to: Minnesota
    Replied: 11/17/2011
    Law Office of James A Schoenberger
    Law Office of James A Schoenberger | James A Schoenberger
    The length of any trial is determined by many factors, including: jury or bench trial; how many witnesses for the state; and, how many witnesses for the defense.
    Answer Applies to: Washington
    Replied: 11/17/2011
    Laguzzi Law, P.C.
    Laguzzi Law, P.C. | Carina Laguzzi
    It depends on the number of witnesses, both from the Commonwealth and the defense, that will be called to testify. Of course, you have to take into consideration the time it will take the jury to deliberate.
    Answer Applies to: Pennsylvania
    Replied: 11/17/2011
    Reza Athari & Associates, PLLC | Seth L. Reszko
    There is no exact answer to how long the trial can last. Usually, if the defendant is detained, the Courts will expedite the proceedings. However, if there are discovery issues that come during the course of the case, that can delay the proceedings and with good cause.
    Answer Applies to: Nevada
    Replied: 11/17/2011
    Gary Moore, Attorney at Law
    Gary Moore, Attorney at Law | Gary Moore
    Each criminal case is different from every other criminal case. A rape case could take weeks to trial. If you are asking how long before the rape case is heard and disposed of, there is no set time.
    Answer Applies to: New Jersey
    Replied: 11/17/2011
    Andersen Law PLLC
    Andersen Law PLLC | Craig Andersen
    That depends on the facts and evidence. The victim usually testifies first. Then the investigating officers. Lastly, any experts testify and the defendant testifies if he so desires. Most witnesses are excused after testifying so for most witnesses, including the victim, the case is over in less than a day. For the accused, the trial would typically run at least three days if not a week.
    Answer Applies to: Washington
    Replied: 11/17/2011
    Law Office of Michael R. Garber
    Law Office of Michael R. Garber | Michael R. Garber
    Depends on the number of witnesses and what they say.
    Answer Applies to: Louisiana
    Replied: 11/17/2011
    Rizio & Nelson
    Rizio & Nelson | John W. Bussman
    That depends on the complexity of the issues. Impossible to say.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 6/26/2013
    Law Office of Jeff Yeh
    Law Office of Jeff Yeh | Jeff Yeh
    Your question is too general. It can last from a week to a year, depending on the number of witnesses, the amount of evidence to be introduced.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 11/17/2011
    Law Offices of Martina A. Vigil, PC
    Law Offices of Martina A. Vigil, PC | Martina A. Vigil
    Depending on the complexity of the case a trial can last anywhere from one day to six months or longer. If you are asking how long a rape prosecution takes you are probably looking at 6 months to a couple of years. Again, this depends on the facts of your case and how complex the case is.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 11/17/2011
    Beaulier Law Office
    Beaulier Law Office | Maury Beaulier
    The answer depends on the case, its complexity and strategy as well as the evidence. If a demand for speedy trial is made, the matter must proceed to trial within 60 days unless there is a basis for an extension. The length of the trial itself would depend on the number of witnesses and evidence presented.
    Answer Applies to: Minnesota
    Replied: 11/17/2011
    Dunnings Law Firm
    Dunnings Law Firm | Steven Dunnings
    As long as it takes
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 11/17/2011
    Law Office of Richard Southard
    Law Office of Richard Southard | Richard C Southard
    On average the proceedings leading up to trial take 6 months to a year. How long the actual trial lasts depends on how many witnesses are being called. There is no set time limit for an actual trial.
    Answer Applies to: New York
    Replied: 11/17/2011
    The Law Offices of Seth D. Schraier
    The Law Offices of Seth D. Schraier | Seth D. Schraier
    How long any trial lasts, not just a rape trial, but any trial, depends on numerous factors. For example, the number of witnesses that each side plans to call, and what each witness will testify to, will make a large difference. If there's only 1-2 witnesses being called, then the trial may last less than a week. If you have 10+ witnesses for each side, you're looking at several weeks or longer. Additionally, the amount of evidence that each side intends to introduce will have an impact as well, since there may be challenges to their admissibility. In other words, without knowing the full details about the case, which usually only the prosecutor and defense attorneys will know, there's no way that any person can tell you how long a trial will last. Even the attorneys may sometimes underestimate the amount of time, as there may be unforseen battles that arise.
    Answer Applies to: New York
    Replied: 11/17/2011
    Law Offices of Stephanie Lee Ehrbright, Esq.
    Law Offices of Stephanie Lee Ehrbright, Esq. | Stephanie Lee Ehrbright
    It depends on how many witnesses and what evidence the State has. Very rough estimate- 2 weeks'ish.
    Answer Applies to: Arizona
    Replied: 11/17/2011
    The Law Office of Harry E. Hudson, Jr.
    The Law Office of Harry E. Hudson, Jr. | Harry E. Hudson, Jr.
    Impossible to answer. What are you considering as "the trial". For me, a trial includes the time prior to selection of a jury where the court and counsel decide the trial scheduole, have hearings on pretrial motions - some of which may require testimony and can be lengthy, , the selection of the jury which , dependining on the facts unique to the case can take several days [some cases have taken a month or more to pick a jury], then there is the opening arguments of the prosecuting and defense counsel, the introduction of witnesses and their direct and cross-examination, post evidentiary hearings re at least jury instructions, instruction of the jury closing arguments then the deliberation of the jury and the return of a verdict, if it reaches one.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 11/17/2011
    Miller & Harrison, LLC
    Miller & Harrison, LLC | David Harrison
    It is very depended on the facts of the case, the number of witnesses the prosecutor plans to call, the number of witnesses the defense plans to call and how the individual court calendars work. That said, most 'sexual assault' would take three or four trial days. Some may take more. It is unlikely they would take less.
    Answer Applies to: Colorado
    Replied: 11/17/2011
    Robert Mortland
    Robert Mortland | Law Office of Robert Mortland
    This depends on how many people will testify. Typically a felony rape case should be from 1 to 4 weeks long. However, this changes depending on how much evidence comes out.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 11/17/2011
    Law Office of James E. Smith
    Law Office of James E. Smith | James Smith
    Depends on the facts but usually 3 days.
    Answer Applies to: Nevada
    Replied: 11/17/2011
    John Segelbaum, P.S.
    John Segelbaum, P.S. | John Segelbaum
    As long as it takes.
    Answer Applies to: Washington
    Replied: 11/17/2011
    Furlong & Drewniak PLLC
    Furlong & Drewniak PLLC | Thaddeus Furlong, Esq.
    Depends on whether it's judge or jury (judge shorter) and how many witnesses. Add at least 30 min to 1 hr for each witness if short questions and 2 hr per witness for long questions.
    Answer Applies to: Virginia
    Replied: 11/17/2011
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