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What is the statute of limitations for theft?

What is that statute of limitations on a stolen laptop?

Clifford Clendenin & O'Hale, LLP
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There is no statute of limitations on a felony charge, which this may be, depending on the facts. The statute of limitations on a misdemeanor is two years.

Answer Applies to: North Carolina
Replied: 6/13/2011

Answer By John Carney
Law Offices of John Carney
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The prosecutor must be ready for trial within 6 months on a felony charge. The time begins when you are arraigned on the charges and can be tolled or stopped for various reasons such as your lawyers motions, investigations, plea bargaining, and witness who are unavailable. Section 30.30 controls a speedy trial and the case can be dismissed if the DA does not bring it to trial within the designated period. If you are not charges for 5 or more years after a crime is committed the DA may be prohibited from prosecuting you since the statute of limitations has run on the case. There is no statute of limitations on murder.

Answer Applies to: New York
Replied: 5/23/2011

Answer By Joseph A. Katz
Law Office of Joseph A. Katz
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The statute of limitations is generally three years in California for a felony and one year if the case is filed as a misdeameanor, from the date the offense was committed (with certain exceptions - the statute can be tolled, or suspended,if you flee the jurisdiction, for example.) Theft, even Grand Theft (PC 487) is a wobbler, and can be filed as either a felony or a misdemeanor.

Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 4/29/2011

Answer By Jared Austin
Austin Legal Services, PLC
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The statute of limitations is six years. MCL 767.24.

Answer Applies to: Michigan
Replied: 4/27/2011

Answer By Lisa Mulligan
Lisa Mulligan Law Offices, LLC
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Usually it is 3 years after the commission of the crime - the only exception is if the victim was a tax exempt entity (in which case the statute of limitations is 3 yrs from the time that the theft was discovered). Hope that helps!

Answer Applies to: Washington
Replied: 4/26/2011

Law Office of Brendan M. Kelly
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It all depends on the value and the state.

Answer Applies to: Nebraska
Replied: 4/26/2011

Law Office of Jonathan T. Sarre
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In Oregon where I practice, the statute of limitations for theft is 2 years if the theft charge is a misdemeanor and 3 years if the charge is a felony. in general, the value of the property makes the charge a felony or misdemeanor. In Oregon, if your lap top was worth more than $1000, the charge would be a Theft in the First Degree, a Class C Felony, less that $1000, it would be Theft in Second Degree, a Class A misdemeanor.

Answer Applies to: Oregon
Replied: 4/26/2011

Michael Anthony Wing, P.C.
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Depending on factors, one year. Stay well.

Answer Applies to: Alabama
Replied: 4/25/2011

William C. Gosnell, Attorney at Law
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The Statute of Limitations has one year for under 500.00 2 years for under 1000.00

Answer Applies to: Tennessee
Replied: 4/25/2011

Timothy J. Thill P.C.
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This depends on whether the case is charged as a felony or misdemeanor. If charged with a misdemeanor theft, the statute of limitations is 18 months, in Illinois. More likely, the matter will be handled as a felony, and the statute of limitations in this is the case, is 3 years.

Answer Applies to: Illinois
Replied: 4/25/2011

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