Is there a statute of limitations on a speeding warrant in California? 10 Answers as of February 29, 2012

Is there a statute of limitations on a speeding warrant in California?

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Nelson & Lawless
Nelson & Lawless | Terry Nelson
Warrants are forever. Either turn yourself into court and deal with it like should have been done originally, or risk being taken away in cuffs if you come in contact with law enforcement anywhere. Hire an attorney now to help you turn yourself in and defend you. It will minimize the penalties for the FTA and warrant, and will help you get a decent deal, since you came in voluntarily when you did learn. If serious about doing so, feel free to contact me.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 1/6/2011
Law Office of Thomas F. Mueller
Law Office of Thomas F. Mueller | Thomas Mueller
The Statute is one year, however it does not apply in most situations since there is usually a Cite issued on the spot. If you are talking about a FTA Warrant, the Statute does not apply.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 1/6/2011
Law Office of Eric Sterkenburg
Law Office of Eric Sterkenburg | Eric Sterkenburg
No. Non-appearance on a speeding ticket will be entered as a guilty plea. There will be a fine set for the ticket and the court will have years to collect.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 1/6/2011
Law Office of Peter F. Goldscheider
Law Office of Peter F. Goldscheider | Peter Goldscheider
There is no statute of limitations per se on any warrant. However, there is case law that if there is no effort to execute a misdemeanor arrest warrant there may be a speedy trial violation. That would likely not apply to a warrant issued for a failure to respond to a traffic ticket. In any event you could be arrested for it at any time.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 1/6/2011
Dennis Roberts, a P.C.
Dennis Roberts, a P.C. | Dennis Roberts
Usually misdemeanors must be charged within a year or they cannot charge later. But if they can't find you because you gave DMV a phony address or keep moving without a forwarding address then the one year limitation no longer applies. If that happens and you are charged after one year it is imperative to prove that you have always been visible: ie DMV has your address or the post office has your forwarding address, etc.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 1/5/2011
    Law Office of Jeff Yeh
    Law Office of Jeff Yeh | Jeff Yeh
    No. A warrant by definition will remain in perpetuity unless it is recalled or quashed.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 1/5/2011
    Law Offices of Ryan P. Murphy
    Law Offices of Ryan P. Murphy | Ryan P. Murphy
    There is no statute of limitation for a valid warrant issued. However, there is a speedy trail issue that has arisen in your case. I would need more facts to fully evaluate your chance of getting the warrant recalled and having your case dismissed.

    Should you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact my office at your earliest convenience.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 1/5/2011
    Steven Mandell
    Steven Mandell | Law Offices of Steven Mandell
    Yes. Your life or the life of the state of California. In other words, no statute of limitations. Warrants never expire. One day when you least expect it, you'll be driving down the street, you'll roll thru a stop sign on your way to a movie with your family, you'll get pulled over, the cop will check to see if you have any warrants, and you'll be arrested. Your children will be crying, your spouse will have to go to the movie without you and you'll wish you'd taken care of the warrant years earlier. Don't let this happen to you. Take care of it now.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 1/5/2011
    Law Office of Michael Bialys THE DUI MAN
    Law Office of Michael Bialys THE DUI MAN | Michael Bialys
    Warrants do not have a statute of limitations
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 2/29/2012
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