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Georgia Statute of Limitation on misdemeanor cases

Posted on : 01-07-2010 | By : Legal Information | In : Criminal Law, Legal Questions, Misdemeanors, Statute of Limitations

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I have pending misdemeanor charges for theft by taking and stalking in Paulding County, Georgia. The state is perusing the charges not the individual, so they have no evidence or witnesses. I am not allowed to contact the individual to discuss the matter according to the state. It has been 2 years since the date of arrest and I still have not received a trial or information related to the case, all that I received what information formally identifying the charges that the state is trying to convict me of. I have never had a criminal record, an active member in the community, college educated and served in the military. I lost my job because of the pending charges and nearly 20 months later I still cannot even obtain a cashier position at Wal-Mart. Is there a statute of limitation for the case? I read Georgia code 17-3, and it stated 2 years was the limit on misdemeanor cases, but the court can change that depending on the charges.

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