How long after you commit a criminal offense do the police have to charge you?

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How long after you commit a criminal offense do the police have to charge you?

My fiancee was chased by several officers throughout different counties after failing to stop his vehicle for speeding. He jumped out of the car after parking it but they found him and was arrested. His charges were battery on an EMS personnel (he had a seizure after being left in the officer’s melting hot car in the summer). He was charged and accepted 3 months jail time. Why was he not charged with the fleeing incident? He is still in jail, they know where he is. What is the time limit on pressing charges, issuing a warrant, etc? When he gets out should he worry about future charges? Should he speak with a criminal law attorney? In Bay County, FL.

Asked on August 23, 2011 Florida

Answers:

J.V., Member, New Jersey Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 10 years ago | Contributor

Good morning,

Thanks for posting to our website and I hope to offer some guidance. To get right to it yes the best thing he can do is speak with an attorney. there are statutes of limitation in place and depending on the charge the time frame differs.

I would need the specifics of the incident, to see the police report, and to know exactly what he is in jail for and the terms of that plea. This is why I advise you to at a minimum speak with an attorney even if you do not hire him for the long term. This will ensure his rights are protected as best as they can be and that he knows exactly what potential issues lay ahead


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