Disclaimer

This site is for informational purposes only.  While we strive to provide clear and accurate information, not all information may be free from error.  Information on this site is not and should not be taken as legal advice.  Neither the Grant County Victim/Witness Unit nor the Grant County Prosecuting Attorney's Office provides legal advice to the public.  Neither the Grant County Victim/Witness Unit nor the Grant County Prosecuting Attorney's Office represent victims, witnesses, or private parties.  If you require legal advice, you should consult an attorney.  This office cannot and will not recommend an attorney. 

When a defendant is charged with a crime which constitutes a violation of RCW 9A.64.020 or chapter 9.68, 9.68A, or 9A.44, and the alleged victim of the crime is a person under the age of eighteen years, neither the defendant nor the prosecuting attorney may agree to extend the originally scheduled trial date unless the court within its discretion finds that there are substantial and compelling reasons for a continuance of the trial date and that the benefit of the postponement outweighs the detriment to the victim. The court may consider the testimony of lay witnesses and of expert witnesses, if available, regarding the impact of the continuance on the victim.

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