While we already discussed the California statute of limitations and how they apply to criminal activities, it’s important to remember that not all crimes are affected by these limits. When it comes to crimes that do not have a statute of limitations, or those where there are particularly lengthy times for the statute of limitations to come into effect, police can easily reopen a case any time they find additional evidence. And, in fact, there are even police investigators dedicated to solving cold cases that other departments have given up on. If you are accused of any crime, even one that occurred long ago, please contact your Vista criminal lawyer to discuss how the statute of limitations will affect you.
There is no statute of limitations for murder, crimes punishable by life without parole or embezzlement of public funds, so most cold cases involve these criminal acts. In some cases, if the victim of a felony was an elder person, a child or a dependent adult, the statute of limitations the statute of limitations may be extended for a variety of reasons including date of discovery of the crime. Embezzlement of public funds is also not subject to such limitations, so if you ever were involved in a crime related to this charge (even if you didn’t actually embezzle the funds yourself), you should always be prepared to contact a Vista defense attorney as soon as you believe you have become a suspect.
A recent cold case recently came to light a few months ago, when San Diego police issued a warrant for a murder and sexual assault that took place 30 years ago. In this case, the two suspects of the crime, a lab technician named Charles Brown and a convicted sex offender named Ronald Tatro, had both passed away so no charges will be filed. If Brown and Tatro were alive at the time the warrant was issued though, they would need to contact a Vista defense lawyer as soon as possible to ensure their rights were not violated during the police investigation. The two could also face life imprisonment and, possibly execution, for the crime, despite the fact that 30 years had passed since the girl was harmed.
Remember, if there is no statute of limitations for a crime you were involved with, you could be arrested at any time no matter how long has passed since the time of the incident. If you believe you may be under investigation for any crime, please call Vista defense lawyer Peter M. Liss at (760) 643-4050 to schedule a free initial consultation.
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