Baldwin Park, CA asked in Criminal Law for California

Q: How does statue of limitation work in california

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David Philip Shapiro Esq
David Philip Shapiro Esq
Answered
  • San Diego, CA
  • Licensed in California

A: The prosecutor has a certain time period where they can file charges. Some charges have limits of one year from the date of alleged offense and some charges do not have any limitation on when they can be charged in relation to the alleged offense.

Ryan James Tegnelia
Ryan James Tegnelia
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  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • San Diego, CA
  • Licensed in California

A: The prosecutor must file charges within a specified period of time. If the charges are not filed timely, prosecution may be barred. Generally, the statute of limitations is 1 year for misdemeanors and 3 years for felonies. However, some categories of crimes (e.g. sex crimes and homicide) have different limitation periods.

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