Is there a statute of limitations on a bench warrant?

I received a MIP for alcohol 12 years ago but had forgotten all about it. Now the 60th district court is saying that I have a bench warrant for my arrest. The problem is i live in another state. Isn’t there a statue of limitations?

Asked on February 12, 2015 under Criminal Law, Tennessee

Answers:

M.T.G., Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

If a bench warrant has been issued because you have never appeared to defend yourself for a crime charged, you are considered a fugitive and no, there is no statute of limitations.  You could be stopped for a traffic infraction and arrested. I would strongly suggest that you seek help from an attorney in the state in which the warrant originates to help you figure this out. 


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