What is a 180.80 date?

If you have been charged with a felony the Judge, and bail is set at arraignment, the Judge will adjourn the case for what is called a 180.80 date. This date refers to Criminal Procedure Law ("CPL") Section 180.80 which states that there must be a preliminary hearing or grand jury action taken by the DA in your case within 120 hours of your arrest (within 5 days or 144 hours if there is a weekend or holiday occurring during confinement). If no action has been taken, as long as your attorney has not consented to the adjournment, you must be released on your own recognizance. If you are released pursuant to CPL §180.80 it does not mean that the charges against you have been dismissed and you will still be required to attend all scheduled court appearances.