If a person committed a crime 2 years ago, can they still be arrested for it?

My friend did a lot of bank fraud stuff but never got caught. When it does

catch up to him could the D.A. press charges still since it was so long ago?

Asked on September 14, 2018 under Criminal Law, Alaska

Answers:

M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 2 years ago | Contributor

Charges can be brought against a person so long as the "statute of limitaions" has not run out. For most crimes, there is a time period of generally 3-6 years (depending on the jurisdiction and the crime) in which a prosecutor must press charges. If they do not do so within that timeframe then they are later prohibited from doing so. However, charges can be brought at any time within the limitations period.

M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 2 years ago | Contributor

Charges can be brought against a person so long as the "statute of limitaions" has not run out. For most crimes, there is a time period of generally 3-6 years (depending on the jurisdiction and the crime) in which a prosecutor must press charges. If they do not do so within that timeframe then they are later prohibited from doing so. However, charges can be brought at any time within the limitations period.


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