Statute of limitations for a DWI violation from 1996?

My dad was given a ticket for a DWI in 1996. He just got a letter notifying him of a warrant for his arrest. He since then has renewed his license but had never been told about this warrant. Isn’t there a statute of limitations?

Asked on January 22, 2018 under Criminal Law, New Mexico

Answers:

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

Answered 2 years ago | Contributor

The statute of limitations in a criminal case has to do with the time in which charges must be brougt against a person, not when punishment is imposed. And receiving a ticket is equivalent to being charged. Accordingly, your father will need to appear in court. Under the circumstances, you really should have him consult directly with a local DUI attorney. They will best be able to advise him further.


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