When you hire an attorney to represent your case, you trust that the lawyer will act in a professional manner. You also may believe that they have a full knowledge and understanding of the laws in California, including the statute of limitations for crimes. There are some attorneys, however, that do not adhere to these deadlines and may, as a result, have your case dismissed or thrown out. The outcome of your case may have been different if the attorney representing your case following these strict deadlines. The statute of limitations involves deadlines given in which to file a lawsuit. Once this time period has passed, you may be unable to file a lawsuit.
The statute of limitations is different for different types of crimes and offenses. If you are filing a personal injury case, you have two years from the date of injury. In a situation where the injury was not discovered until years later, then the statute of limitations is one year from the date of discovery. Other deadlines include the following:
- Property damage claims have three years from the date of damage
- Breach of written contract claims have four years from the date when the contract was broken
- Breach of oral contract claims have two years from the date when the contract was broken
- Government agency claims have six months from the date of incident
Some criminal cases, such as murder and other violent crimes, do not have a statute of limitations, but can be filed at any time.
This information is intended to educate and should not be taken as legal advice.