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can the criminal statute of limitations be extended?

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can the criminal statute of limitations be extended?

Hello Jacustomer,

In general, the statute of limitations cannot be extended. However, some things will stop the clock from running down, and that will give the state extra time. So it has the effect of an extension. For example, if the suspect goes into hiding, or is outside the state, in most states the statute of limitation stops running.

Also the legislature can enact a new law extending the statute of limitations. That would not effect those where the old statute had already expired, but if the new law was enacted when the statute was still running as to a particular case, the SOL would automatically be extended to the new one.

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