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What is the statute of limitations for your legal rights in Louisiana?


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Statute of Limitation Laws in Louisiana

Louisiana State SealIn order to convict you of an offense or sue you for monetary gain, your crime, tort or contractual agreement must fall within a certain time-line allowed by law. An Louisiana law on statute of limitations is simply that time which is allotted by the law as written by the state of Louisiana within which you can be convicted or held liable for a debt.

Below is the Louisiana statute of limitations listings for a number of different offenses and torts. While this list is updated regularly, often-times laws in every state get modified, repealed, amended or changed by legislation. Please consult with a qualified Louisiana attorney in this and any other legal matter.

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LOUISIANA STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS

Type of Offense Length of Statute
Any Capital Offense:No Limit
Rape:No Limit
Drug trafficking:6 Years
Forgery (felony):6 Years
Counterfeiting(felony):6 Years
Contracts:10 Years
Injury to personal property:6 Years
Open accounts for debt collections:3 Years
Wrongful Death:1 Year
Medical Malpractice Actions:A medical malpractice action in Louisiana for injury or death must be filed within one (1) year from the date of the alleged act, omission, or neglect, or within 1 year from the date of discovery of the alleged act, omission, or neglect. An exception to this ruling would be tolling wherein no claims may be filed more than 3 years from the date of the alleged act, omission, or neglect. The statute of limitations in Louisiana for wrongful death suits is 1 year. The limitations period for minors and incompetents is the same as that for competent adults.
Code Section § 9:5628
Fraud:1 year from when the fraud was or reasonably should have been discovered.
Oral Agreements:10 Years
Intentional Torts:2 Years
Libel | Slander | Defamation:1 Year
Personal Injury Actions:1 year from the date of injury
Rules for Minors:Limitation period begins to run on the minors 18th birthday, except in cases of medical malpractice or wrongful death
Products Liability Actions:Within 1 year of the date the injury occurred
Complete Louisiana criminal revised statute of limitations can be found on the Louisiana Criminal Statute of Limitations page.
Disclaimer: Statute of Limitation laws in every state get modified, repealed, amended, and/or changed by the legislature of that states jurisdiction. The authors and webmaster of StatuteofLimitation.info have made every effort to post the most current laws. Please use this site as a general reference and for comparison purposes. Do not substitute any information from this site for advice you would get from a qualified legal professional

Louisiana Fair Debt Collection Practices Act

In order for an Louisiana debt collector or debt buyer to sue you to collect a debt they have to do that within the time limits that the state of Louisiana law requires. This is what is known as the statute of limitations. If they sue you outside of that statute of limitations then that may violate the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act. Even threatening to sue you beyond the statute of limitations can also be considered a Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) violation.

If you are dealing with an unscrupulous Louisiana debt collector that is threatening you with a lawsuit, whether verbal or written, for an old debt, then you need to look at the Louisiana statute of limitations if that debt collector has a potential case against you or has potentially violated the FDCP Act.

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