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Wednesday, September 14, 2011

What is a Stet in Maryland Courts for Criminal Cases

Stet in Maryland: Explained by a Maryland Criminal Defense Attorney

Are you facing criminal charges in Maryland and you want your charges to be placed on the Stet Docket. Below find the Maryland Rules that defines a Stet.  

If you want to receive a stet for your criminal charges in Maryland, contact the Maryland Criminal Defense Attorney, G. Randolph Rice, Jr, Esquire, at 410-288-2900 or email him by clicking here.  As a former Assistant State's Attorney, Mr. Rice has helped thousands of clients with their criminal charges in Maryland.  

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*** Current through chapters of the 2011 Regular Session of the General Assembly
that took effect through July 1, 2011 ***


Maryland Rule 4-248. Stet 

(a) Disposition by stet. On motion of the State's Attorney, the court may indefinitely postpone trial of a charge by marking the charge "stet" on the docket. The defendant need not be present when a charge is stetted but if neither the defendant nor the defendant's attorney is present, the clerk shall send notice of the stet to the defendant, if the defendant's whereabouts are known, and to the defendant's attorney of record. Notice shall not be sent if either the defendant or the defendant's attorney was present in court when the charge was stetted. If notice is required, the clerk may send one notice that lists all of the charges that were stetted. A charge may not be stetted over the objection of the defendant. A stetted charge may be rescheduled for trial at the request of either party within one year and thereafter only by order of court for good cause shown.

(b) Effect of stet. When a charge is stetted, the clerk shall take the action necessary to recall or revoke any outstanding warrant or detainer that could lead to the arrest or detention of the defendant because of the charge, unless the court orders that any warrant or detainer shall remain outstanding.