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When The Clock Runs Out

Posted on: January 7, 2015 by in Criminal Defense
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Orange County criminal defense attorneyStatutes of limitations restrict the amount of time prosecutors have to charge someone for a crime. The statutes differ for different crimes, and for the same crime, they differ from state to state. If you’re accused of DUI, a drug or sex crime, or a fraud or robbery in southern California, contact an experienced Orange County criminal defense attorney immediately. It’s rare for the authorities to make a mistake regarding the statute of limitations, but if the statute has expired for the crime you’re accused of committing, in most cases a good defense attorney will be able to resolve the mistake quickly.

California has complicated statutes of limitations for criminal cases. For crimes punishable by death or by life in prison, there is no statute of limitations. California has different statutes of limitations for a number of different offenses, and there are various exceptions, but generally speaking:

– For misdemeanors, the statute of limitations is a year.

– For felonies punishable by 8 or more years in prison, the statute of limitations is 6 years.

– For other felonies, the statute of limitations is 3 years.

California’s tolling provisions can give prosecutors additional time to file criminal charges. Consult a criminal defense attorney if you need help determining how the statute of limitations may impact your particular case or situation.

Today, the way we think about statutes of limitations is changing. Some states now begin the statute of limitations period for sex crimes from the date that DNA establishes a suspect’s identity – without regard to how long ago the crime actually occurred. In most cases involving minors, most states now provide that the statute of limitations begins only when the victim turns 18. In Orange County, if you’re accused of DUI, a drug or sex crime, or a fraud or robbery, or if you have any concerns about how a statute of limitations impacts a case that involves you, speak to an experienced Orange County criminal defense attorney immediately.