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How does statue of limitations work exactly?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    Statue of limitations is the time period allowed for a suit or charges to be filed... it is that simple. That time period varies by state.

    If charges or a suit are not filed within the statue of limitation, the case is dropped.

    In criminal cases, a grand jury may decide to file charges and a warrant issues without ever talking to the person charged. If this occurs, the statue of limitation was fulfilled and the charges will be pending indefinitely.

    I explained that because a lot of ppl think that they can run for a few years and then be free... that is not true if charges were filed against them.

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  • Ryan D
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    1 decade ago

    The "statue" of limitations, which varies from state to state, describes how long a plaintiff has to file suit after the alleged events took place. This can be range from just a few years in minor offenses, to never for things like homicide in certain jurisdictions.

    Once the statute of limitations has expired for a given act, no lawsuits may be filed against a potential defendant for that act.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    it's a way of limiting how long charges can be filed in case. The statute may be as little as six months or as long as 7 years depending on what the charge is.

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  • 1 decade ago

    It says that if a legal action (criminal or civil) is going to be filed, it must occur within a certain amount of time after the event.

    If the plaintiff or prosecutor waits too long, the claim is barred.

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  • 1 decade ago

    It means exactly what it implies. Certain Civil and Criminal actions can only be brought against someone within set time periods.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Statues don't work. STATUTES work.

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