The SOL should be 3 years from the incident (felony grand theft). Therefore you can't be prosecuted even if you admitted to the crime on a polygraph.
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Three years. However, if you embezzled public funds (and there's a difference between theft and embezzlement), there's no statute of limitations. See Penal Code section 799. Hopefully that doesn't apply to you.
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I'm interested in why you were ordered to take a polygraph related to prior theft occurrences; is this is a government job or one involving security clearance of some sort (do not reveal anything on this public forum). Also of interest is whether the job your were applying for (or already held) led to your being hired (or fired if already employed). There sounds like there is more to this story, perhaps you should speak with a criminal attorney in private and reveal everything there. In the meantime, do not talk to anyone about this or other related or unrelated theft occurrences. I agree that in all likelihood the statute of limitations expired after 3 years as this sounds like a garden variety felony theft which has a 3 year limit.
The statute of limitations is 3 years, however, you could still be prosecuted if you received notice in the mail, went to court, and got arraigned and then blew off the court. In that case, you purposely aged the case and the statute was tolled (meaning it stood still) and if this were the case unfortunately you could still be prosecuted. That is why you need to speak to a lawyer PRONTO! LAW OFFICES OF VICTORIA CLEMANS, ESQ.
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While keeping in mind that polygraph evidence is generally not admissible in criminal court proceedings in California, your direct answer to a question could be as a statement against your self interest. You should be OK as long as you were never in a situation as described above. However, there are some circumstances in which a prosecutor could still pursue the case. It would be a very good idea for you to seek an in-person consultation with a criminal law attorney. A short consultation should not be expensive, and will be worth a great deal of peace of mind.
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