Menifee, CA asked in Criminal Law for California

Q: [CA] If I stole something as a child (under 12) could I still get legally prosecuted years later if someone Found out?

When I was in elementary school, I stole some of my friends Pokémon cards and no one ever knew. If it were to come out years later now as an adult. Can I still be prosecuted and would I be tried as a juvenile or an adult. Also would the discovery rule apply to this?

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David Michael Lehr
David Michael Lehr
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  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Ventura, CA
  • Licensed in California

A: No. No chance.

Paul Samuel Geller
Paul Samuel Geller
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  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Pasadena, CA
  • Licensed in California

A: There is a statute of limitations, and you would not be charged.

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Dale S. Gribow
Dale S. Gribow
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  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Palm Desert, CA
  • Licensed in California

A: no, the statute of limitations would prevent it

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