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Criminal Defense » Reno, Nevada Criminal Statutes of Limitations: Are You in the Clear?
Except for the most violent crimes, if you committed a crime in Reno, Nevada a long time ago, you may be in the clear.
Most criminal offenses in Nevada have statutes of limitations. Such statutes set forth the time within which prosecutors must file charges for a criminal offense. If a statute of limitations has run for a given crime, and prosecutors file criminal charges, the accused can move to have those charges dismissed.
In Nevada, criminal statutes of limitations are set forth in NRS 171.080, et seq. The time periods in which prosecutors must file charges after a crime has allegedly been committed are as follows:
There is no statute of limitations for murder in Nevada.
Special rules that can act to extend the statute of limitation apply to certain offenses.
If you have questions about criminal statutes of limitations in Reno, Nevada, please give our experienced Reno criminal defense lawyers a call. (Also see our article, Statutes of Limitations in Nevada.)
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