If you’ve never heard of the stet docket before, you might believe it has no relevance to you. But if you ever find yourself in a traffic or criminal case, it’s important to understand what it is.
Here are 5 things you should know about the Maryland Stet Docket:
#1 – Stet is a Latin term for “let it stand.”
When you are the defendant in a Maryland traffic or criminal case, the case can be placed on an inactive docket and otherwise forgotten by the state. The prosecutor in your case essentially places your case file in an “inactive cases” drawer and doesn’t reopen it unless there are specific conditions attached to the Stet.
#2 – Special conditions can be applied to the Stet.
Some cases are placed on the Stet docket for a temporary period of time. In these cases, the defendant must complete or adhere to the agreed upon conditions. These conditions can be anything from community service hours to payment of restitution to anger management classes. Once the conditions are met, the prosecutor reopens the case and may decide to drop the charges.
#3 – A Stet can be reopened within the first year.
A case placed on the Stet docket may be reopened by the prosecutor for any reason within the first year of inactivity of the case. After that, a Stet can only be reopened with “good cause.” An example would be if the defendant does not adhere to or complete the conditions of the Stet, the state can move to reopen their case and the court is likely to grant the state’s motion.
#4 – In order to accept a Stet, the defendant must waive their right to a speedy trial.
The U.S. Constitution states that any person accused of a crime reserves the right to a speedy trial. A case that has been placed on the Stet docket has no trial date, although a trial could come at a later date. Accepting a Stet and waiving the right to a speedy trial means that the defendant cannot later assert that their right to a speedy trial has been violated.
#5 – A case placed on the Stet docket is eligible for expungement.
Once the case has been on the Stet docket for three years, the prosecutor may grant that the case be expunged. For more information on the Stet docket, or to set up a free consultation for legal advice, contact the professionals at The Law Office of Ross W. Albers today!