How long does prosecutor have to file charges?

I was arrested about 6 weeks ago for 2 counts of neglect of a dependent (Class D felony) and made bail the next day. I was told by the bail bondsman that I should hear of a court date within 6 to 8 weeks. I also had to go to court with Child Protective Services, who dismissed their case against me. Since I hadn’t heard of a court date, I was told to call the prosecutor’s office. Their office told me that charges hadn’t been filed.

Asked on November 5, 2011 under Criminal Law, Indiana


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

Unfortunately, the prosecutor has substantially longer than 6 weeks. You don't write which state you are in, so we cannot give you a definitive answer, but it will almost certainly be a year or more. That is because charges may be brought any time within the

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