How long does the district Atty. have to convict a person on a DUI case in the state of California
3 Answers from Attorneys
The statute of limitations is how long the have to file charges and initiate the case. If the case is filed within that time frame, it can go forward. There may be ways to get the case dismissed due to an unreasonable delay or if it is filed, but no attempts are made to locate the defendant and bring him/her into court.
There is no limit on how long a case can go on.
You'll need to discuss these timing issues with a lawyer face to face. You need a good criminal defense attorney. I'd strongly suggest you find someone who focuses on criminal law and who routinely practices in the court where this case will be heard.
Please pardon any typos - posted via mobile device.
There are speedy trial limits that begin running at arraignment. Depending on whether it is a felony or a misdemeanor and on whether the person is in custody or not the limits run from 30 days to approximately three months. These can be waived by the defendant and there are exceptions to the rules.
If the DUI charge was being treated as a Misdemeanor, than the DA has one year to file charges.
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