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What is the statue of limitations regarding criminally charging someone for threatening your life in New York?

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What is the statue of limitations regarding criminally charging someone for threatening your life in New York?

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and what circumstances would make them still remain as a danger to someone's life?

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  1. 2 years for a misdemeanor 5 for a felony.

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  2. There is no specific statute for "threatening another life". The acts could be classified as a violation (harassment) a misdemeanor (menacing & aggravated harassment) or perhaps a felony if the threat was used to gain something (coercion or extortion). The statute of limitations for felonies (except Murder) is 5 years. The Statute of Limitations for a misdemeanor is 2 years.


  3. 5 years for a felony. They are a danger if they are still threatening your life


  4. Under 18 USC § 3282 a Grand Jury must issue a Federal indictment within five (5) years after the defendant committed the offense.


  5. If it's a misdemeanor, the statute of limitations is two years. If it's a felony, it's five years.

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