The only bar to charging someone with a crime is the statute of limitations, which while I can't say exactly what that time frame is, for a felony it is always several years.
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This type of situation isn't all that uncommon. If the prosecutor's office believes that there is a reasonable liklihood of conviction on a case, they can file charges against you. Rather than issuing a warrant and arresting you to ensure that you show up at court, they have asked the court to issue a summons. The summons is a legal court document. If you fail to appear at the time and date listed on the summons, a warrant for your arrest could be issued. For felony matters, the state has up to 7 years to decide whether to bring chargest against you. It sounds like they made the decision that they have enough evidence to charge you with these crimes. These are serious charges and could have serious consequences. You should not take them lightly.
Yes, this is called a long form complaint. Very common.
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