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Legal Question: Statute of Limitations and Depositions

What is the statute of limitations for taking a deposition in Washington State after a criminal offense?

There is no statute of limitations for a prosecutor to conduct a deposition. Once charges are filed, the question becomes whether there is a violation of a person’s right to a speedy trial. This “right” has been significantly watered down over the years, and some criminal cases can go on for a long time. If this case is in Whatcom County Superior Court, it is not unusual for some felony cases there to take a year and a half, two years, or more to resolve.

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