Illegal possession of a firearm Statute of Limitations
What is the Federal Statute of Limitations for the Illegal Possession of a firearm?
The federal statute of limitations for illegal possession of a firearm is generally five years from the date of the commission of the crime. This means that the government has five years from the date of the crime to bring criminal charges against an individual for illegal possession of a firearm. However, this time frame can be extended in certain circumstances.
For example, if the government can prove that the defendant concealed or disguised the nature, location, source, ownership, or control of the firearm, the statute of limitations may be tolled (or extended) until the discovery of the offense.
Additionally, there is no statute of limitations for certain illegal possession of a firearm offenses involving death or serious bodily injury, or if the defendant has fled the jurisdiction.
It's important to note that these are general rules and that some other specific circumstances may affect the statute of limitations for illegal possession of a firearm. It's always best to consult with an attorney to determine the specific statute of limitations for a particular case.