Sugar Land, TX asked in Criminal Law, Family Law and White Collar Crime for Texas

Q: How long do I have to press charges against a family member who signed a promissary note after promised funds were spent

1 Lawyer Answer
Kiele Linroth Pace
Kiele Linroth Pace
  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Austin, TX
  • Licensed in Texas

A: The statute of limitations is the hard limit beyond which prosecution is barred. You can find them in chapter 12 of the Texas Code of Criminal Procedure which I will link below. Generally speaking, the longer you wait to report a case, the less interested law enforcement will be. Just because a case can still legally be prosecuted is no guarantee that it will be. Depending on the facts, the cops might tell you that it is a matter for civil court rather than criminal court. There are a different set of limitation rules for civil court... the ones below are only for criminal court.

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