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Alabama Statutes of Limitations

Every state has its own unique statutes of limitation for both criminal and civil cases, which are essentially time limits for either filing a civil complaint or (for prosecutors) filing criminal charges on behalf of the state. In Alabama, most civil actions have a two-year statute of limitations, with exceptions including a six-year time limit for trespassing, rent collection, and debt collection. Alabama imposes a 12-month limit for all misdemeanors and a three-year time limit for most felonies, although the most serious crimes have no statutory time limits whatsoever, including murder, counterfeiting, arson, or sex offenses with minors under 16.

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