Q: Is there a statue of limitations after being charged with felony shoplifting?
I was charged with felony shoplifting in 2004, I think I was arraigned but never sentenced. No next court date came in the mail. In 2016 a warrant was issued for my arrest and I was arrested and given 7 years probation. Was this legal? Or should there had been a "reasonable" time to prosecute? No warrant was ever issued prior to my re arrest in 2016. 12 years had passed and I was living a very different life.
A: Once you have been arraigned, there is no statute issue. The warrant was issued for failure to appear.
A: The statute of limitations is the time period from the date of the crime to the date the prosecutor files an accusation or indictment. It does not mean the time period until the case is completed. For most felony offenses the time period is 4 years.
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