How long after an incident has happened can a party take an arrest warrant out and is there a time limit? 10 Answers as of July 18, 2014

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Law Office of Alexis Plunkett
Law Office of Alexis Plunkett | Alexis Plunkett
You are referring to the statute of limitations, which is different for every crime. For example, there is no statute of limitations for murder. You only mention an "incident" therefore no one can tell you how long the statute is.
Answer Applies to: Nevada
Replied: 7/18/2014
Law Office of Eric Sterkenburg
Law Office of Eric Sterkenburg | Eric Sterkenburg
Prosecution for an offense punishable by death or by imprisonment in the state prison for life or for life without the possibility of parole, or for the embezzlement of public money, may be commenced at any time. Prosecution for an offense punishable by imprisonment in the state prison for eight shall be commenced within six years after commission of the offense. Prosecution for an offense punishable by imprisonment in the state prison or pursuant to subdivision (h) of Section 1170 shall be commenced within three years after commission of the offense. Prosecution for a felony sexual offense that is alleged to have been committed when the victim was under the age of 18 years, may be commenced any time prior to the victim's 28th birthday. Prosecution for a misdemeanor CHILD Molestation committed with or upon a minor under the age of 14 years shall be commenced within three years after commission of the offense.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 7/16/2014
Universal Law Group, Inc. | Francis John Cowhig
It depends on the incident. A party cannot take out an arrest warrant. All they can do is report the incident to the police. If the police or District Attorney feel that there is enough evidence for a warrant, they will ask a judge to issue one.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 7/14/2014
Barton Barton & Plotkin
Barton Barton & Plotkin | Maurice Ross
The only time limit is the statute of limitations which depends on the crimes at issue but is usually 5 years.
Answer Applies to: New York
Replied: 7/11/2014
Michael J. Harris, Attorney at Law
Michael J. Harris, Attorney at Law | Michael Harris
That depends on the statute of limitations for the particular offense.
Answer Applies to: Colorado
Replied: 7/11/2014
    Freeborn Law Offices, P.S.
    Freeborn Law Offices, P.S. | Steve Freeborn
    It depends upon the nature of the incident.
    Answer Applies to: Washington
    Replied: 7/11/2014
    MatthewR. Schutz, Esq | Matthew R. Schutz
    Depends on the crime. The Statute of limitations on murder never expires. Most indictable offenses 5 to 7 years most disorderly persons offenses 30 days.
    Answer Applies to: New Jersey
    Replied: 7/11/2014
    Charles M. Schiff, Attorney at Law
    Charles M. Schiff, Attorney at Law | Charles M. Schiff
    An individual does not "take an arrest warrant out". An individual makes a report of a crime. The police investigate the report. If the prosecuting authority believes that a crime has been committed and that a conviction is possible, the prosecuting authority has the power to bring a criminal charge. In Minnesota, the general statute of limitations for the prosecuting authority to initiate a charge is three (3) years from the date of the incident.
    Answer Applies to: Minnesota
    Replied: 7/11/2014
    Elhart & Horvath, P.C.
    Elhart & Horvath, P.C. | Mattias Johnson
    The time limit varies depending on the charge. For many typical criminal charges the period is 1 year after the incident.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 7/11/2014
    Austin Legal Services, PLC
    Austin Legal Services, PLC | Jared Austin
    Parties cannot take out an arrest warrant. Only the prosecutor can authorize an arrest warrant upon request from the police. The statute of limitations depends on what the offense is. It varies depending on the specific crime.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 7/11/2014
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