What is the statute of limitations for filing a criminal charge?

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What is the statute of limitations for filing a criminal charge?

I was pulled over more than 10 years ago with a friend. He was arrested on felony drug charges and released on his own recognizance. Recently I was questioned about this incident. I am worried about the district attorney drumming up charges. I was never charged initially.

Asked on October 12, 2011 under Criminal Law, Vermont

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Answered 10 years ago | Contributor

Different states have different statute of limitations for the district attorney's office to file a criminal complaint as to various felony charges. Potentially the questioning as to you pertains to the arrest of your friend where he might have gotten himself into subsequent trouble.

Most likely any claims of a crime against you would be time barred due to the passage of the ten (10) years that you have written about. To confirm and protect your interests, I suggest that you consult with a criminal defense attorney about the recent contact you have received about this long ago event.

Good luck.


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