I was 18 at the time and also the letter says the date was 9/27/2012
I believe the statute of limitations for petit larceny is three-years. Also, the statute will toll (stop running) during any time the suspect has fled the state of Oklahoma or has taken up residency in another state.
Therefore, if a suspect commits petit larceny in Oklahoma and immediately goes to another states and remains there, the statute will never run out on that suspect until he or she returns to the state.
I would strongly recommend consulting an experienced criminal defense attorney in your local area.
so what does that mean basically?? I have heard before that when people get a civil demand letter (which is what i got) that you can ignore it and after the second or third letter they stop. I know they can prosecute but from all i have read it is very rare that they do.
will that not happen because i am in another state??
also my leaving oklahoma wasn't immediate i left in december and i just got the letter this past week
Well to to make it simple, the prosecutor in the county where the crime occurred, can bring a claim within three years from the date the incident happened. But if you leave the state, the clock will stop ticking so it will won't start running again until you return to Oklahoma. I'm speaking criminally of course. Civil litigation is a whole different ball game.
Typo. If you leave the state, the clock will stop ticking and will not run out of time until you return. Assuming the prosecutor even decides to bring charges if Walmart wanted to press criminal charges.