Statute of limitations on computer crime that involves child porn

Asked about 3 years ago - Monterey Park, CA

a court case of a friend of my was dismiss with the option to refile charges if they find anything new on his desktop computer that they took out of his place on June 8, 2009. Is there a statute of limitations on something like this or will my friends needs to worry the rest of his life that they will refile charges against him for a crime that he did not do. the case was dismiss because to many other people had access to his computer and one or two of the other people had police records for mostly shoplifting and assault.

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  1. Isileli Tupou Manaia Mataele

    Contributor Level 19

    Answered . yes there is a statute of limitations for your "friend". Just stay clean and then you don't have to worry.

    This is just my opinion and not a comprehensive answer. You assume the risk because this answer may not apply to... more
  2. Brian Andrew Bezonsky

    Contributor Level 14

    Answered . Your friend needs to consult with an attorney who will be able to ascertain what particular charges he could potentially face after knowing all of the facts. From there, the attorney will be able to advise what the SOL would be for each possible offense. Most felonies that have a punishment potential of less than 8 years have a 3 year SOL. But particular sex crimes have a 10 year SOL per California Penal Code 801.1.

    Whoever is concerned about potential charges being filed, particularly these type of charges that can have long lasting consequences, should retain an attorney during a pre-file investigation stage of the case.

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