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How long can the DA wait before bringing charges against my husband?

My husband was arrested for fraud charges last year. He spent 24 hours in jail before being released on bond. Since then we haven't heard anything about his case and he's stayed out of trouble with the law. How much longer can they make us wait, and will they have to drop the charges if nothing happens before too much longer?

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    B. Elaine Jones | The Law Office of B. Elaine Jones
    P.O. Box 2664, Brandon
    Brandon, FL 33509
    (813) 681-8383
    From your facts I am not sure but fraud usually involves a felony and if the charges he is facing are a felony, there is a statute of limitations of 5 years. So the state could bring charges against him for up to 5 years from the date of the alleged fraud. If your husband has an attorney, they could make some inquiries but other than that it is a wait and see problem. I know that may not be what you want to hear but hope it helps you understand your husband's situation better.
    Answer Applies to: Florida - Replied: 1/10/2013
    Mark A. Broughton | Hammerschmidt Broughton Law
    2445 Capital Street
    Fresno, CA 93721
    (559) 233-5333
    Generally, any charge must be filed within the statute of limitations that apply to that charge. Again generally, in state court for a misdemeanor that time period is one year, and for a felony charge that could be either 3 or 4 years. Fraud cases can take a little longer to investigate as leads are developed and followed along the paper trail. An attorney can help finding out what the status of the case/investigation is, so you might consider this.
    Answer Applies to: California - Replied: 1/10/2013
    Craig Andersen | Andersen Law PLLC
    10000 NE 7th Ave Suite 330B
    Vancouver, WA 98685
    (360) 397-0111
    As long as the statute of limitations hasn't run.
    Answer Applies to: Washington - Replied: 1/9/2013
    Lawrence Lewis, PC | Lawrence Lewis
    242 Culver Street, Suite103
    Lawrenceville, GA 30045
    (678) 407-9300
    Felony fraud charges have a statue of limitations of 4 years in GA (similar in most places). If you are in a rush, file a constitutional speedy trial demand. If not, then the prosecutor has as much time as he wants.
    Answer Applies to: Georgia - Replied: 1/9/2013
    Randy W. Ferguson | Ferguson & Ferguson
    303 Williams Avenue SW Ste 321
    Huntsville, AL 35801
    (256) 534-3435
    No. Your case has not came up for trial yet. Many counties and states are way behind.
    Answer Applies to: Alabama - Replied: 1/9/2013
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