I Was Involved in a Hit-And-Run, How Long is the Statute of Limitations?
In North Carolina, if you are involved in a car accident, you are supposed to stay at the scene until law enforcement arrives. If you leave the scene before the police arrive, you can be charged with a misdemeanor for leaving on top of potential charges from the accident itself. But what if the accident happened several years ago, can I still be arrested for the hit-and-run?
The answer is: maybe. Generally, the statute of limitations for misdemeanors is 2 years, depending on the circumstances and specific charge. However, the statute of limitations begins to run when the "event" actually ends. At least in theory, the statute would begin to run from the date of the accident. However, it is possible for prosecutors to "toll" the statute of limitations. This means that they can stop the period that counts towards the limitation, and wait for another period of time before starting again. It is possible for a prosecutor to have a two year statute of limitations, and then get an extension for various reasons (can't find the suspect, etc.).
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