Durham, NC asked in Criminal Law for North Carolina

Q: Statue of limitations for larceny of theft in NC

I’ve read online from some employees of large corporations like Walmart and Target that these companies have a tendency to avoid prosecuting thieves until they have accumulated enough stolen property to constitute a felony. This begs the question of statute of limitations from misdemeanor to felony. Say, a theft was committed in 2010 but the amount wasn’t enough to constitute a felony. However, that individual continues to steal and reaches the 1k+ mark by just a little in 2015, can they still be charged for a felony? The SOL for misdemeanor in NC is 2 years and 5 years would’ve passed before they reach the amount for a felony. Does the SOL start in 2010 or does a new case takes place when it reaches a felony?

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Lynn Ellen Coleman
Lynn Ellen Coleman
  • Licensed in North Carolina

A: This is a criminal law question, not a consumer law question. As far as a civil lawsuit, the statute of limitation for money owed is 3 years not matter what the amount, and it starts fresh with each incident. Please repost this under Criminal Defense.

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