After police seize evidence, can they wait a year without charging or arresting you?

Asked on October 28, 2015 under Criminal Law, Kentucky


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

Depending on the alleged crime, yes: every crime has a statute of limitations or time period within which charges must be brought. Generally, it's over a year--two years to six, maybe seven years is the common range for statutes of limitation. So long as the statute has not yet run out, the authorities can still charge you.

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