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If you were to violate misdemeanor probation in New York State and flee, what are the statute of limitations on a violation?

Elmira, NY |
Attorney answers 3


There is no statute of limitations for violating probation. So long as you are under their jurisdiction (meaning on probation) they can file specifications against you. Once probation has been terminated, one way or another, they will no longer be able to violate you.


There is no statute of limitations for a violation of probation when there is flight and a bench warrant is issued. The only issues with the statute of limitations could potentially be if/when you were picked up on a different charge under the same name and the warrant was not executed.

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There is none if you voluntarily fled the jurisdictional.

Richard Southard
I am a former Deputy Bureau Chief with the Kings County DA’s Office with over 15 years experience specializing in criminal law cases. I offer free in-person, phone and video consultations.

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