The statute of limitations (SOL) would not apply here because there is a warrant out for your arrest. The SOL is applicable to bringing a case, or, in this case, bringing charges against you. Here, in your case, there is already charges being sought hence the warrant. You would do yourself some good by hiring a local criminal defense attorney in the area and taking care of this 2012 warrant. Use Avvo's Find a Lawyer link located above to search for a local attorney.
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Counsel is correct - if a warrant was already issued - that means that you were formally charged with the commission of the offense. One the charge is filed, the Statute of limitations stops running. The SOL only applies to the time period between commission of the act and being charged. As I said , once charged (and then a warrant issued) the SOL is no longer an issue.
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The Statute of Limitations isn't going to be a defense for you. Your best move is to hire a lawyer to defend you on the charges.
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