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Good morning. I certainly understand your situation and concern. The statute of limitations is the time in which the State has to file criminal charges against you. If charges are not filed within that time, th ability to prosecute will be lost. However, once a warrant is issued, it remains active until it is served on the party charged or lifted/vacated by the Judge. based upon the facts which you stated above, you are going to have to answer to this. In order to avoid turning yourself in, you can retain legal counsel and have them file a motion with the court, asking that the warrant be lifted and the case be set for hearing, upon which you can appear. Your attorney can then make a demand for discovery and look over all the evidence which the State has and is going to be using against you. It is possible, based upon the age of the case, that the State will have a problem finding their witnesses and obtaining the necessary evidence to proceed to trial. As such, they may be willing to possible amend the charge or dismiss it, if you have defenses to raise. If not, then your attorney can always work out a plea deal.
due to the age of the warrant and I did pay restitution can I do this on my own. I cannot really afford a lawyer and I don't know if I qualify for a public defender. Also, since I didn't physically do the act of rigging it would I still be held totally responsible. The person who did it is long gone and I don't even know where he is
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