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What is the federal statute of limitations for selling heroin?

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I would ask attorney Anthony Solis. He handles federal criminal matters. His phone number is 213-489-5880. There are usually follow up questions once this question is answered, so just call him. He is a great attorney.


It should be three years but could be higher based on certain circumstances.
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Normally, under 18 USC § 3282 a Grand Jury must issue a Federal indictment within five (5) years after the defendant committed the offense. But for conspiracy, the time does not start until: 1) the conspiracy ends, 2) a participant’s last open act in furtherance of the conspiracy, or 3) the defendant’s withdrawal from the conspiracy before the objective is attained. Give Mr. Solis a call!


No need to call Anthony since I know the answer. Five years is the statute of limitations for a drug sales matter in federal court.

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Generally speaking, 5 years.


The simple direct answer is 5 years. The application of a statute of limitations to a specific situation is , however, much more complex. If this is a hypothetical question it requires significant additional context to allow for a response. I this inquiry is based in an actual case or concern please consult an experienced federal criminal defense lawyer ASAP.

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