The right to a speedy trial is something the U.S. Constitution sets forth as a fundamental right. It is to prevent prosecution for a crime that took place well after memories faded and evidence may have been lost, destroyed or changed. It is so a defendant can have a fair trial based on what really took place. When there is a delay in a misdemeanor case of over a year, there is a rebuttable presumption of prejudice. If two years passes before someone is brought to court, does this merit dismissal? Click on the following link to fine out.