Most clients charged with a serious felony are in custody throughout the course of the proceedings against them. The bail schedules are so high today, that most people cannot afford to post bail. For example, in San Bernardino County when a person is charged with murder, the bail is set at a minimum of one million dollars.
Enhancements, like use of a firearm, increase the bail. Probably most lawyers would not be able to post that amount of bail. Regardless, this is a common bail amount for that kind of crime. Persons charged with spousal abuse often have a bail of $100,000. Therefore, and most often, the client wants to get the proceedings under way quickly.
Although I understand that being in custody is not the ideal situation, preparing an adequate defense often takes more time than the sixty days from arraignment in Superior Court, and some cases get continued. I make certain that my clients understand what is taking place, and why I need more time, if that is the situation. I do not stall cases just for the sake of doing so. I do not take on more cases than I can handle, as I believe that my clients would suffer because I am simply too busy to serve them competently.