The city filed charges around 6 months after the incident and they were dropped without the defendant even being notified of any charges or court date. The defendant received a summons in the mail over a year later. When talking to the prosecutor, and hearing what plea deal was being offered, the prosecutor noticed the previous filing and stated that they had filed the original charges wrong and then refiled them. I'm guessing that's the reason why the original charges were thrown out. Can they file charges after the statute of limitations has expired? Where does this case go from here?
It is possible to "extend" the statute of limitations by dismissing and refiling, but the window is narrwo. You should take all your paperwork to an attorney to determine if they are too late.
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Mr. Campbell is right. Contact a local attorney. The statute of limitations may have run if it is a misdemeanor. However, there are longer Statute of Limitations for felonies in Arizona.
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