I Was Involved in a Hit-And-Run, How Long is the Statute of Limitations?

In North Carolina, if you are involved in a car accident, you are supposed to stay at the scene until law enforcement arrives. If you leave the scene before the police arrive, you can be charged with a misdemeanor for leaving on top of potential charges from the accident itself. But what if the accident happened several years ago, can I still be arrested for the hit-and-run

The answer is: maybe. Generally, the statute of limitations for misdemeanors is 2 years, depending on the circumstances and specific charge. However, the statute of limitations begins to run when the "event" actually ends. At least in theory, the statute would begin to run from the date of the accident. However, it is possible for prosecutors to "toll" the statute of limitations. This means that they can stop the period that counts towards the limitation, and wait for another period of time before starting again. It is possible for a prosecutor to have a two year statute of limitations, and then get an extension for various reasons (can't find the suspect, etc.).

If you have questions about statute of limitations for hit-and-run charges, call the Law Offices of Wiley Nickel for a FREE consultation at 1-(919)-585-1486, or email Kristi Haddock at kristi@wileynickel.com, or Wiley Nickel at wiley@wileynickel.com, directly. 



Wiley Nickel

Wiley Nickel lives and works in Cary, North Carolina. In 1998, he graduated from Tulane University with a major in Political Science and a minor in History. After college Wiley went to work for Al Gore and travelled with the Vice President as part of his national advance staff. Following the Gore campaign he earned his law degree from the Pepperdine University School of Law in 2005. While in law school Wiley worked as a law clerk in the Ventura County District Attorney’s Office where he gained valuable criminal trial experience before taking and passing the California bar exam. His first job out of law school was for the Merced County District Attorney’s Office where he worked as a Deputy District Attorney with a focus on prosecuting DWI offenders. Wiley later joined the Law Offices of Joseph Uremovic where he focused on civil litigation and family law. When the opportunity came to join the Obama campaign in 2008 Wiley jumped at the chance. He spent three years travelling with President Obama as a member of his national advance team. In 2011 Wiley left his work for the White House to return to the practice of law. Wiley devotes the majority of his practice to the areas of criminal law, family law, traffic tickets and DMV issues. The Law Offices of Wiley Nickel was started with the goal of providing the best representation possible for all of his clients. Experienced, Compassionate, Aggressive Criminal Defense While defense attorney Wiley Nickel works as the primary attorney for all of his cases, he does have an associate attorney, a team of investigators, forensic consultants, and support staff to call on to help achieve the best possible result in every case. He limits his case load so that he can focus on providing the best possible legal defense to all of his clients. Every case is a top priority and the goal is to have your case dismissed with a focus on being able to expunge your charges at the end of the process. When he is not working, Wiley is an avid family man, distance runner and golfer. He loves North Carolina college sports and is hoping this is the year for Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers. Wiley is licensed to practice law in North Carolina and California.