Does prosecutors have time limit to investigate the crime? / press charges?

Asked about 2 years ago - Tampa, FL

like say, someone report a crime and prosecutor doesnt do anything about it, and starts doing an investigation like a year later?

or does it usually start immediatetly upon a crime reported? or is it likely that the charges is not accepted if nothing is heard?

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  1. David William Gross

    Contributor Level 11


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    Answered . There is a lot of info missing, so this answer will have to be pretty general.

    Legally, the statute of limitations controls. You didn't indicate what kind of crime (and I'm not asking you to), but the statute of limitations will vary depending on the level of the offense.

    Police and prosecutors are busy, and often will move to get things off their desk, otherwise a backlog can quickly develop. Thus, they are likely to move on a case soon, or not at all.

    HOWEVER, if the case is significant (murder, rape, etc.), or particularly complicated (financial crimes can be this way), then investigations can take a longer time.

    If you are under investigation, the time to consult with an attorney is NOW, not after you are arrested.

    Good luck.

    This answer is provided for informational purposes only. It does not constitute legal advice, nor does it... more
  2. Carolyn Capri Garber

    Contributor Level 12


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    Answered . It depends on the crime that was reported. If it was a minor offense, it's likely no charges are forthcoming. If it was a serious offense, the prosecutor has plenty of time to investigate before filing charges. For a 3rd degree felony, the statute of limitations starts at three years. The more serious the crime, generally longer they have to prosecute.

  3. David Richard Damore


    Contributor Level 16


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    Answered . Other than the statute of limitations there are no definite time limits on when to start or stop an investigation and file charges.

    David R. Damore, Esq., Damore, Delgado, Romanik & Rawlins, Daytona Beach, FL, (386) 255-1400. Mr. Damore is a... more

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