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Felony Statute of Limitations

Felony Statute of Limitations For General State Crimes

Below is a listing of the state felony crimes and the statute of limitations for those crimes. While this list is updated regularly, often-times state laws and federal sentencing laws get modified, repealed, amended or changed by legislation. Please locate a lawyer who is qualified to represent you in your criminal legal matter.

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PERIOD OF LIMITATION FOR STATE CRIMES

STATE FELONY STATUTE OF LIMITATION
STATE ALL FELONY CRIME(S)
ALABAMA

Time: 3 Years
Code: Alabama Code §15-3-1
Exceptions: ANY TIME: (a) capital offense;
(b) felony involving: Arson; Forgery; Drug Trafficking; Death or Serious Injury. Use, Attempted use, or Threaten to use violence; or Counterfeiting; or
(c) sex offense with victim under 16
[Alabama Code §15-3-5]

ALASKA

Time: 5 Years
Code: Alaska Statute §12.10.010
Exceptions: (a) ANY TIME:: Murder; Class A, B, or unclassified felony sexual assault; Felony sexual abuse of minor; Various sexual offenses with a minor victim;
(b) 10 Years: 1st degree indecent exposure; Manslaughter

ARIZONA

Time: 7 Years
Code: Arizona Revised Statute §13-107
Exceptions: ANY TIME Attempted commission or commission of:
homicide; class 2 felony sex offense or sexual exploitation of children; violent sexual assault; misuse of public money; felony falsification of public records

ARKANSAS

Time:(a) 6 Years: Class Y, A
(b) 3 Years: Class B, C, D, or unclassified
Code: Arkansas Code §5-1-109
Exceptions: ANY TIME: Murder

CALIFORNIA

Time: 3 Years
Code:California Penal Code §801
Exceptions: (a) ANY TIME: Crime punishable by death or life imprisonment; or embezzlement of public money
(b) 6 years: felony punishable by imprisonment for 8 years or more
[California Penal Code §799, §800]

COLORADO

Time: 3 Years
Code: Colorado Revised Statutes §16-5-401
Exceptions: ANY TIME: Committing, attempting, conspiring to commit, or soliciting commit - murder, treason, kidnapping, forgery, or sex offenses against a child

CONNECTICUT

Time: 5 Years
Code: Connecticut General Statutes §54-193
Exceptions: ANY TIME: Capital or class A felony; arson-murder; or 1st degree escape

DELAWARE

Time: 5 Years
Code: Delaware Code Title 11 §205
Exceptions: ANY TIME: Commit or attempt to commit murder, class A felony, or a sexual offense

FLORIDA

Time: 3 Years
Code: Florida Statutes §775.15
Exceptions: (a) ANY TIME: Capital or life felony, felony resulting in death, or perjury in a capital case;
(b) 10 Years: felony from use of destructive device resulting in injury;
(c) 4 Years: 1st degree felony

GEORGIA

Time: 4 Years
Code: Georgia Code §17-3-1
Exceptions: (a) ANY TIME: Murder;
(b) 15 Years: Rape;
(c) 7 Years: Other crimes punishable by death or life imprisonment; or felonies with victims under the age of 14

HAWAII

Time: 3 Years
Code: Hawaii Revised Statutes §701-108
Exceptions: (a) ANY TIME: Commit, attempt, conspire to commit, or solicit murder;
(b) 10 Years: Vehicular Manslaughter;
(c) 6 Years: Class A felony

IDAHO

Time: 5 Years
Code: Idaho Code §19-402
Exceptions: ANY TIME: Murder, voluntary manslaughter, rape, sexual abuse of a child, or terrorism
[Idaho Code §19-401]

ILLINOIS

Time: 3 Years
Code: Illinois Comp. Statutes Chapter 720 §5/3-5
Exceptions: ANY TIME: Homicide, attempted murder, treason, arson, or forgery

INDIANA

Time: 5 Years
Code: Indiana Code §35-41-4-2
Exceptions: ANY TIME: Murder or a Class A felony

IOWA

Time: 3 Years
Code: Iowa Code §802.3
Exceptions: (a) ANY TIME: Murder;
(b) 10 Years: Sexual Abuse
[Iowa Code §§802.1, 802.2, 802.3]

KANSAS

Time: 5 Years
Code: Kansas Statutes §21-3106
Exceptions: ANY TIME: Murder or Terrorism

KENTUCKY

Time: ANY TIME
Code: Kentucky Revised Statute §500.050
Exceptions: NONE

LOUISIANA

Time: 4 Years
Code: Louisiana Code Criminal P Article 572
Exceptions: ANY TIME: crime punishable by death or life imprisonment;
(b) 10 Years: Various sex crimes against minors;
(c) 6 years: felony punishable at hard labor
[Louisiana Code Criminal P Article(s) 571, 571.1, 572] 571.1. 572.)

MAINE

Time: (a) 6 Years: Class A, B, or C crime;
(b) 3 Years: Class C or D crime
Code: Maine Revised Statutes Title 17-A §8
Exceptions: ANY TIME: Murder, 1st or 2nd degree homicide, or various sexual offenses against a minor

MARYLAND

Time: 3 Years
Code: Maryland Courts & Judicial Process §5-601
Exceptions: ANY TIME: Subject to occasional individual statutory exceptions

MASSACHUSETTS

Time: 6 Years
Code: Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 277 §63
Exceptions: (a) ANY TIME: Murder
(b) 15 Years: commit or conspire to commit rape or assault with intent to rape or murder;
(c) 10 Years: commit or conspire to commit robbery or assault with intent to rob

MICHIGAN

Time: 6 Years
Code: Michigan Comp. Laws §767.24
Exceptions: (a) ANY TIME: Murder, terrorism, or 1st degree sexual conduct;
(b) 10 Years: kidnapping, extortion, conspiracy or assault with intent to murder

MINNESOTA

Time: 3 Years
Code: Minnesota Statutes §628.26
Exceptions: (a) ANY TIME: Crime resulting in death, kidnapping;
(b) 6 Years: bribery or Medicaid fraud;
(c) 5 years: arson, riot, theft offenses involving more than $35,000, or environmental false statement offenses

MISSISSIPPI

Time: 2 Years
Code: Mississippi Code §99-1-5
Exceptions: ANY TIME: Murder, rape, kidnapping, arson, manslaughter, burglary, aggravated assault, forgery, counterfeiting, robbery, larceny, fraud, embezzlement, or various sexual offenses against minors

MISSOURI

Time: 3 Years
Code: Missouri Ann. Statutes §556.036
Exceptions: ANY TIME: Murder, rape or a Class A felony

MONTANA

Time: 5 Years
Code: Montana Code §45-1-205
Exceptions: (a) ANY TIME: Homicide
(b) 10 Years: Sexual assault

NEBRASKA

Time: 3 Years
Code: Nebraska Revised Statutes §29-110
Exceptions: ANY TIME: Treason, murder, arson, forgery or various sexual offenses

NEVADA

Time: 3 Years
Code: Nevada Revised Statutes §171.085
Exceptions: (a) ANY TIME: Murder
(b) 4 years: theft, arson, robbery, burglary, sexual assault, or forgery
[Nevada Revised Statutes Ann. §§171. 080, 171.085]

NEW HAMPSHIRE

Time: 6 Years
Code: New Hampshire Revised Statutes §625:8
Exceptions: ANY TIME: Murder

NEW JERSEY

Time: 5 Years
Code: New Jersey Statutes §2C:1-6
Exceptions: (a) ANY TIME: Murder, manslaughter, sexual assault
(b) 10 years: environment offenses;
(c) 7 years: bribery or certain other offenses involving misconduct in office

NEW MEXICO

Time: 5 Years
Code: New Mexico Statutes §30-1-8
Exceptions: (a) ANY TIME: Capital or 1st degree felony
(b) 6 Years: 2nd B felony;
(c) 5 Years: 3rd or 4th B felony

NEW YORK

Time: Years
Code: New York Criminal Law §30.10
Exceptions: ANY TIME: Class A felony or 1st degree rape, sexual criminal act, or sexual conduct against a child

NORTH CAROLINA

Time: ANY TIME
Code: North Carolina General Statute §15-1
Exceptions: NONE

NORTH DAKOTA

Time: 3 Years
Code: North Dakota Central Code §29-0-02
Exceptions: ANY TIME: Murder

OHIO

Time: 6 Years
Code: Ohio Revised Code §2901.13
Exceptions: ANY TIME: Murder;
(b) 20 years: commit, attempt, or aid and abet kidnapping, robbery, riot, manslaughter, sexual assault, burglary, or arson

OKLAHOMA

Time: 3 Years
Code: Okahoma Statutes Title 22 §152
Exceptions: (a) ANY TIME: Murder;
(b) 12 Years: rape, sodomy, or certain other sexual offenses

OREGON

Time: 3 Years
Code: Oregon Revised Statute §131.125
Exceptions: (a) ANY TIME: Commit, attempt, conspire to commit, or solicit murder;
(b) 6 years: arson or various sexual offenses against minors

PENNSYLVANIA

Time: 2 Years
Code: Pennsylvania Statute Title 42 §5552
Exceptions: (a) ANY TIME: Commit, conspire to commit, or solicit murder; or manslaughter;
(b) 12 Years: Major sex offenses;
(c) 5 Years: Commit, conspire to commit or solicit, assault, arson, terroristic threats, arson, robbery, kidnapping, burglary, forgery, theft, perjury, fraud, gambling, drug trafficking, racketeering, or obstruction of justice
[Pennsylvania Statute Title 42 §§5551, 5552]

RHODE ISLAND

Time: 3 Years
Code: Rhode Island General Laws §12-12-17
Exceptions: (a) ANY TIME: Treason, homicide, arson, burglary, counterfeiting, forgery, robbery, rape, assault, drug trafficking, or any other felony punishable by life imprisonment;
(b) 10 Years: Larceny, bribery, racketeering, perjury, or extortion

SOUTH CAROLINA

Time: ANY TIME
Code: §
Exceptions:NONE

SOUTH DAKOTA

Time: 7 Years
Code: South Dakota Cod. Laws §23A-42-2
Exceptions: ANY TIME: Class A, B, or C felonies

TENNESSEE

Time: 2 Years
Code: Tennessee Code §40-2-101
Exceptions: (a) ANY TIME: Crime punishable by death or life imprisonment
(b) 15 years: Class A felony;
(c) 8 years: Class B felony;
(d) 4 years: Class C or D felony;
(e) 2 years: Class E felony

TEXAS

Time: 3 Years
Code: Texas Code Criminal P. Article 12.01
Exceptions: (a) ANY TIME: Murder or manslaughter;
(b) 10 years: forgery, embezzlement, various sexual offenses against minors;
(c) 7 years: bank fraud or tax fraud;
(d) 5 years: theft or arson

UTAH

Time: 4 Years
Code: Utah Code §76-1-302
Exceptions: ANY TIME: Capital felony, murder, or manslaughter

VERMONT

Time: 3 Years
Code: Vermont Statutes Title 13 §4501
Exceptions: (a) ANY TIME: Rape, murder, arson (causing death), or kidnapping;
(b) 11 years: arson;
(c) 6 years: certain sexual offenses, grand larceny, robbery, burglary, embezzlement, forgery, bribery, false claims, fraud, or felony tax offenses

VIRGINIA

Time: ANY TIME
Code: Virginia Code §19.2-8
Exceptions: NONE

WASHINGTON

Time: 3 Years
Code: Washington Revised Code §9A.04.080
Exceptions: (a) ANY TIME: Homicide;
(b) 10 Years: Arson, rape, or certain offenses involving misconduct in office;
(c) 7 Years: Certain sexual offenses against minors;
(d) 6 years: Racketeering;
(e) 5 Years: Medicaid or tax fraud

WEST VIRGINIA

Time: ANY TIME
Code: West Virginia Code §61-11-9
Exceptions: NONE

WISCONSIN

Time: 6 Years
Code: Wisconsin Statutes §939.74
Exceptions: ANY TIME: Homicide

WYOMING

Time: ANY TIME
Code:
Exceptions: NONE

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