Every state has its own laws regarding criminal actions. These are not always the same as federal laws, and people who commit crimes may be charged with state and federal charges depending on the case.

If you are involved in a criminal case, you want to know the charges that you’re up against. In some cases, the state may run out of time to bring charges against you, and that’s something that your attorney will actively seek to discover.

Pennsylvania’s statute of limitations are vital to your protection

Like other states, Pennsylvania has statute of limitations laws that are in place to protect those who may be accused of crimes. For example, if someone wants to bring charges of conspiracy, manslaughter or vehicular homicide, they have up to five years from the date of the incident to do so. For misdemeanors, two years is the limit. Summary offense statute of limitations limits are only 30 days.

It is important to know how long the statute of limitations is for your potential charges. In addition, you should know that if you are not in the state, have prosecution pending for the same conduct or have no place or work or residency information available within the state, the statute of limitations may stop running. This gives the prosecution longer to put together a case, find you and press charges.

If you’re facing charges or may in the future, you need someone on your side. Our site has more on what to expect if you are charged with a state charge for a criminal offense.