Sometimes, it can feel as if police officers can arrest you for just about anything, even if it’s for a warrant from long ago. You may wonder if warrants have an expiration date in Florida and if the police can arrest you for a crime that was allegedly committed many years ago. Let’s dive in to learn more about the legality of performing an arrest for an old warrant.
What is the Statute of Limitations for Various Criminal Offenses in West Palm Beach?
In Florida, there is a statute of limitations for criminal offenses. A statute of limitations restricts the maximum amount of time after an event that legal proceedings may be initiated. Each type of crime carries its own time limit, but under Florida Statute 775.15, these limits are as follows:
- Capital felonies: No time limit.
- Life felonies: No time limit.
- Felonies that result in death: No time limit.
- Felonies that result in personal injury arising from “destructive devices”: 10 years
- Felonies involving several types of fraud: Five years
- Felonies involving elder abuse or neglect: Five years
- First-degree felonies: Four years
- Second- and third-degree felonies: Three years
- First-degree misdemeanors: Two years
- Second-degree misdemeanors: One year
- Non criminal violations: One year
When it comes to the statute of limitations in Florida, the clock starts ticking the day after the alleged crime occurred. The case may remain valid from this date until the crime’s expiration date as defined in Florida Statute 775.15.
What Happens If You Were Arrested for a Warrant after Its Expiration Date in West Palm Beach?
Although there is a statute of limitations for many crimes, that does not mean that the police cannot arrest you for a crime after the statute’s time limit. However, if you were arrested after the statute of limitations for your charge, a criminal defense attorney may be able to file a motion to have the case dismissed.
There are a few exceptions to the statute of limitations. Not only do serious felony warrants never expire, but reasonable delays can also extend a crime’s statute of limitations time limit. Should the prosecution team show proof to the court that it had a valid reason for making an arrest after the expiration date, the court may still deem the arrest as lawful.
Arrested for an Expired Warrant? Partner with a Defense Attorney in West Palm Beach
Whether you have an outstanding arrest warrant or have been arrested for an expired warrant in the West Palm Beach area, The Law Office of Gabriel & Gabriel can help. Attorney Brian Gabriel has over 30 years of experience that he utilizes to create strong defense strategies for each of his clients.
A blemish on your criminal record or status as a convicted felon can affect the rest of your life. Don’t allow your future and freedom to be put at risk without obtaining legal representation for your defense. Call (561) 622-5575 or complete a contact form to schedule a free evaluation of your case today.