The time frame for swearing out a warrant is limited only by the statute of limitations for the crime committed, said Elliot Brady, a New Hanover County magistrate.
But … the sooner the better.
“Time elapsing might cast doubt on the veracity and whether a magistrate might find probable cause,” Brady said.
For many claims, the statute of limitations is three years. For petty crimes where the value of the property does not exceed $5, the statue of limitations is two years.
Date posted: May 22, 2014
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