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What is the statute of limitations for a misdemeanor charge in Utah?

If you are arrested on a misdemeanor charge in Utah, you will probably be released from jail if the case is not filed with the courts within 72 hours of your arrest.  However, even if you are released, the prosecutor may still file charges if the case is filed within the statute of limitations period.

For most Utah misdemeanor charges, a prosecutor can file charges up to two years from the time the offense is alleged to have been committed.  Negligent homicide (a class A misdemeanor) has a four-year statute of limitations.  Infractions must be filed within one year from the date of violation.

The statute of limitations for Utah felonies is longer.  Most felony charges carry a four-year statute of limitations, but other more serious felonies can be filed at any time.

If you have been accused of a crime or believe that an investigation may be pending, Utah criminal defense attorney Stephen Howard can help.  His record of success in defending Utah criminal charges includes dismissals or not guilty verdicts in cases including aggravated robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, forgery, theft, DUI, drug charges, domestic violence, and many more.

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Serving Salt Lake, Davis, Weber, Utah, Cache, Tooele, Summit, Box Elder, and Wasatch Counties, and all of Utah.

Attorney Stephen Howard practices as part of the Canyons Law Group, LLC and Stephen W. Howard, PC.

Offices in Salt Lake and Davis Counties
340 East 400 South, Suite 25, Salt Lake City, UT 84111
952 S. Main St., Suite A, Layton, UT 84041

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In Salt Lake City, call 801-449-1409.
In Davis County, call 801-923-4345.

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