Statute of Limitations for White Collar Crime

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A statute of limitation is the time allowed for prosecutors to lay a charge against someone who is accused of committing a criminal offense. The period normally runs from the point at which the alleged offense has been disclosed or discovered. This period varies depending on the category of offense as well as the jurisdiction involved. California’s statutes of limitation for criminal charges are not exactly the same as other states and also differ from those of the federal government.

Statutes of limitation allocated for white collar offenses are particularly complex, partly because of the heterogeneous nature of the offense itself. Some of the more heinous offenses, including murder (which is not one of these offenses) and embezzlement of public funds (which is one of these offenses) do not have any statute of limitations at all. This means that whenever an individual is alleged to have committed an offense there is no time limit on them for being prosecuted.

Most white collar crimes have a statute of limitations between 1 and 10 years. Generally, the less severe the alleged offense means the shorter the time period allowed for prosecutors to act. (more…)

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