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Is there a statute of limitations for having falsified information

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Is there a statute of limitations for having falsified information on a Federal Government form? If so, what is the limit?
Submitted: 7 years ago.
Category: Criminal Law
Expert:  Thomas Swartz replied 7 years ago.
Hello BlackCoud2009,

The general statute of limitations for all federal non-capital offenses is 5 years. Specifically, 18 United States Code § 3282(a) states as follows:

§ 3282. Offenses not capital

(a) In General.— Except as otherwise expressly provided by law, no person shall be prosecuted, tried, or punished for any offense, not capital, unless the indictment is found or the information is instituted within five years next after such offense shall have been committed.

So, you must be charged with the crime within 5 years of the offense having been committed.


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