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    Default Statute of Limitations for Car Theft

    My question involves criminal law for the state of: California

    what is the statute of limitations on car theft in California? if someone rented a car and did not return it for sometime? would it be the same charge as "grand theft auto" or a totally different charge? what if while the car was in your possession it was broken into and stolen, and nearly totaled and the police found that person, instead of you in the car? and that person was arrested for "possession of stolen property"? how would that effect you? also if when the car was stolen and broken into, you reported it to the police as your car?

    how would the statute apply then?

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    Default Re: Statute of Limititation for Car Theft

    California's criminal statutes of limitation are in the Penal Code at 799-805. As you can see from those statutes, for most felonies, a three year statute of limitations applies, and the statute of limitations normally starts to run from the date the crime is discovered.

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    Default Re: Statute of Limitations for Car Theft

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    what is the statute of limitations on car theft in California? if someone rented a car and did not return it for sometime?
    Failure to return a rented car is reported much the same as a stolen car, but it will be embezzlement as opposed to theft.

    what if while the car was in your possession it was broken into and stolen, and nearly totaled and the police found that person, instead of you in the car?
    Presumably that thief would be arrested.

    and that person was arrested for "possession of stolen property"? how would that effect you? also if when the car was stolen and broken into, you reported it to the police as your car?
    The person arrested is liable for a crime unless you did something criminal as well.

    Did you fail to return a rental car that conveniently got stolen? Or did you neglect to tell the rental company?

    Your "what if" scenario sounds like something my kids come up with. Perhaps you can let us know what actually DID happen, who was charged with what, and how this went down.

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