Let's say that you were arrested for a DWI or an assault. You were booked and read your rights, but after being released, you never received any formal charges. You are probably wondering if that means that the prosecutor has decided not to go forward, and whether or not you can go about your daily life without worrying about it.
This doesn't mean that you are in the clear. The prosecutor can file charges at any point during a particular misdemeanor or felony's Statute of Limitations. Every offense that is punishable has some sort of time period that charges may be pursued, otherwise, the chance is lost to pursue some punishment.
The statute of limitations depends on the crime that could be charged. For many misdemeanors, the Statute of Limitations is 2 years. However, some waiting periods can be tolled, meaning that, in effect, they can stop and then pick up again, and last longer than the statute originally said.
The Law Offices of Wiley Nickel may be able to help you. If you have any questions at all, please call for a free consultation at (919)-585-1486. You can also email Kristi Haddock directly at Kristi@wileynickel.com, or Wiley Nickel at firstname.lastname@example.org.