Most people who are charged with a crime want to have the matter resolved in a timely manner. Accordingly, they work with a lawyer to determine the best way to proceed and then take action. Unfortunately there are situations where matters are not wrapped up the way an accused expects. This is likely the case with filmmaker, Roman Polanski.
The now 81-year-old man was accused of having sex with a 13-year-old girl, decades ago, following a photo shoot where both drugs and champagne were consumed. Following the accusation, the man accepted a plea bargain and pled guilty to the crime. He was sentenced to 90 days in jail, of which he served 42. In 1978, apparently afraid that the plea bargain would not be accepted by the judge, he left the country. He has not been back since.
During the ensuing years there have been attempts to extradite Polanski back to the U.S. In 2009 he was arrested and placed under house arrest in Switzerland though the country ultimately decided to deny the U.S.’s request for extradition. More recently, authorities in his native Poland held a hearing in which the filmmaker was said to have testified for nine hours. Court adjourned to study documents submitted as evidence and is expected to pick things up again in April.
While most cases involving allegations of sex crimes to not carry on this long, they can be complicated. To try to attain the best possible outcome working with a criminal defense lawyer is generally advisable.