Is there a time limit to prosecute on a DUI?

Asked 5 months ago - Marshfield, WI

I received a DUI January 5, 2011 and they had cancelled my other court dates. I now have a jury trial scheduled for January 30, 2014, which is 3 years 25 days after I received the dui. Just wondering if there was a time limit to prosecute misdemeanors? This is my second offense.

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  1. Tajara Dommershausen


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    Answered . There is a three year statutes of limitations for the charging of the OWI and the charging tolls the statute of limitations (not for the trial)

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  2. Michael C. Witt


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    Answered . Statutes of limitation go to the time limits for commencing a prosecution, so if you have had an open case since 2011, it simply does not apply to your situation. While the age of the case is unusual, it is not, by itself, grounds for dismissal. If your contested case has been open this long, I suspect you may have a lawyer. If so, that person, who is familiar with your case, is in a far better position to answer questions than anyone on the web. Schedule a time to review your concerns with your lawyer. If you don't have one, get one. Good luck.

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  3. Jason Todd Studinski

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    Answered . I believe it is three years.

  4. Harry Edward Hudson Jr

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    Answered . With the exception of murder, there is always a time limit. That time limit depends on a number of facts besides when the case actually goes to trial. For example, did you waive time? Have you ever withdrawn that waiver? See your attorney.

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  5. Eric P. Pitsch


    Contributor Level 12


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    Answered . 3 years to start the action.

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