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


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Statute of Limitation Laws in Maine

Maine 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 Maine law on statute of limitations is simply that time which is allotted by the law as written by the state of Maine within which you can be convicted or held liable for a debt.

Below is the Maine 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 While this list is updated regularly, often-times laws in every state get modified, repealed, amended or changed by legislation.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 Maine attorney in this and any other legal matter.

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MAINE 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:6 Years; or 20 Years with Attestment
Judgments Foreign | Domestic:20 Years
Injury to personal property:6 Years
Open accounts for debt collections:6 Years
Wrongful Death:2 Years from date of death
Oral Agreements:6 Years
Medical Malpractice Actions:The statute of limitations for medical malpractice suits in Maine is three (3) years. If the case is based on a foreign object left in the body of the patient, discovered by a health care professional, the statute of limitations will begin as soon as the object is found or reasonably should have been found. In the case of a minor, the statute allows 3 years from the time they turn 18; or, 6 years from the time of the negligence, whichever comes first. If the negligence results in a wrongful death, the family has 2 years from the date of death to file suit.
Code Section Title 24 § 2902
Fraud:6 years from when the fraud was or reasonably should have been discovered.
Intentional Torts:2 Years
Libel | Slander | Defamation:2 Years
Personal Injury Actions:2 years 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 6 years of the date of discovery
Complete Maine criminal revised statute of limitations can be found on the Maine 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

Maine Fair Debt Collection Practices Act

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

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