Statute of Limitations crime committed in different state

Asked almost 2 years ago - Athens, GA

How does the statute of limitations work if a crime was committed in a state someone once resided in then moved prior to the time being fulfilled?

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  1. Peter Charles Amuso

    Contributor Level 10


    Lawyers agree

    Answered . It depends on the law of the state where the crime was committed. Here in Pennsylvania, once the putative defendant leaves Pennsylvania, the statute of limitations stops until they re-enter Pennsylvania.

    But if varies widely for each state.

  2. Morris Hugh Wiltshire Jr.


    Contributor Level 11

    Answered . You need to discuss this with a knowledgeable lawyer who practices law in the State where the crime occurred to get the best information.

  3. Charles K. Kenyon Jr.


    Contributor Level 19


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    Answered . Depends on the laws of the state where the crime was allegedly committed.

    In Wisconsin, the Statute of Limitations stops running while the defendant is out of the state. Have had charges brought after a long time dismissed on due process grounds, though. That was a case where authorities knew person's whereabouts and just waited 30 years or so to charge.

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