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What is the time frame to swear a warrant after a crime has been committed?

Mike Voorheis
StarNews
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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.

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