Las Vegas, NV asked in Criminal Law for Nevada

Q: How does the statute of limitations work on a petit larceny charge in Nevada?

On Feb 18, 2015 I was stopped at Kohl's for allegedly shoplifting a purse worth about $50. I never heard anything more about it after that day until now. Apparently they filed a criminal complaint in my maiden name on March 30, 2015. I am supposed to go in to jail to be booked and my OR is already approved and waiting. Then they said they would give me a public defender to proceed. My question is, am I past the statute of limitations on this? I have been either employed or on government benefits the whole time so it's not like I was hiding out

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Malcolm P. LaVergne
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A: The charges were filed within one year of the alleged act, so the statute of limitations has been met. So you are not passed the statute of limitations. If they issued a warrant for your arrest at that time or when you failed to show up, the warrant just remains outstanding until you respond. I've seen cases 20 years old with outstanding warrants.

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