I have been doing some research into the Florida statute of limitations and have a question.
I am aware that the period of limitation is "paused" for 3 years when the defendant is out of state.
It is stated:
"The period of limitation does not run during any time when the defendant is continuously absent from the state or has no reasonably ascertainable place of abode or work within the state. This provision shall not extend the period of limitation otherwise applicable by more than 3 years...."
I note that the provision clearly says "....absent from the state".....which could mean in another state, in another country, etc.
Does this provision apply in any circumstance where the individual is absent from the state, regardless of where they are? What about if a warrant has been issued?I have found that in some cases, the statute of limitations is also stopped once an individual has been arrested? When about if a warrant was issued, but the suspect never arrested due to having left the country BEFORE the warrant was issued? Does the statute of limitations run?