The statute of limitations on felony sales charges is generally three years from date of incident.
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They can go back at least 3 years depending on the evidence they have.
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The normal statute of limitations for such an offense is three years. Nevertheless, you should refer the client to a criminal defense attorney. Most defense attorney's provide free consultations.
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Given the seriousness of drug charges, your potential client should consult with an experienced criminal defense attorney, or if you are a licensed attorney, you should be associating with one as part of fufilling your duty to provide competent counsel.
Unless he was unfortunate to be part of some sort of police sting during his last few months selling, he will likely not be charged, ever. Even if someone snitched on him now or in the future, the physical drug evidence is probably "up in smoke" by now. It would be difficult to prosecute and convict someone for petty drug sales with no physical evidence of the drugs. To be safe, he should still consult with an attorney, as the penalties for drug sales can be severe.