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What is a Statute of Limitations?

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This is a term that gets used quite often in the legal field, and it is a unique and vital component of filing a lawsuit. A Statute of Limitations is designed so that potential plaintiffs, or the State in criminal actions, must file their case within a reasonable amount of time. If the plaintiff does not file a suit within that period of time, they can no longer bring a suit. The Statute of Limitations for a particular charge or offense is defined by statute, made by the North Carolina General Assembly. 

For example, for a crime of larceny, a hit-and-run or another misdemeanor, the Statute of Limitations is two years to properly bring charges. This does not mean that the trial itself would need to occur within the two years, only that the charge must be filed within that time. More serious charges, lie homicide or rape, have no statute of limitations. 

If you have a question regarding the Statute of Limitations for a particular charge, or need to discuss you case with an attorney, contact the Law Offices of Wiley Nickel, PLLC at 919-373-2288. You may also email the attorneys at Wiley Nickel directly, by contacting Kristi Haddock at Kristi@wileynickel.com or Wiley Nickel at wiley@wileynickel.com. 

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