You have already been charged, so there is no statute of limitations running. You need to hire an attorney and turn yourself in. There is no statute of limitations on a warrant.
The information provided in this answer does not create an attorney-client relationship. If you are interested in his legal services, feel free to call Chris at (303) 409-7635 at his law office in the Denver Tech Center. All initial consultations are free of charge.
The statute of limitations is 2 years from the date of the theft but it was satisfied when you were arrested. If you did not appear in court you likely have a bench warrant out for your arrest.
I am a former federal and State prosecutor and have been doing criminal defense work for over 17 years. I was named to the Super Lawyers list as one of the top attorneys in New York for 2012 and 2013. No more than 5 percent of the lawyers in the state are selected by Super Lawyers. Martindale-Hubbell has given me its highest rating - AV Preeminent - in the areas of Criminal Law, Personal Injury, and Litigation. According to Martindale-Hubbell”AV Preeminent is a significant rating accomplishment - a testament to the fact that a lawyer's peers rank him or her at the highest level of professional excellence." Fewer than 8% of attorneys achieve an AV Preeminent rating. I also have the highest ranking – “superb” – on Avvo. The above answer, and any follow up comments or emails is for informational purposes only and not meant as legal advice.
Yes, but if a warrant is issued, the statute of limitations is inapplicable. Your lawyer could move to dismiss on speedy trial grounds if an argument can be made that your whereabouts could have been readily ascertained but law enforcement failed to diligently search to bring you back to court. If you have been living out-of-state that argument might be hard to make out.