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New Jersey Criminal Statute of Limitations Laws

There are time limits for prosecutors to file criminal charges against suspects, called the statute of limitations (civil cases also have time limits for filing). The criminal statute of limitations is intended to preserve the integrity of evidence, including witness testimony, and to ensure that criminal cases are resolved in a timely manner. In New Jersey, the state has one year to file charges for petty offenses, while most other crimes have a five- or seven-year statute of limitations.

Learn more about New Jersey's criminal statute of limitations in the following table. See Time Limits for Charges: State Criminal Statutes of Limitations for a general overview.

Code Section 2C:1-6;
Felonies Murder, manslaughter: none; official misconduct, bribery and related offenses: 7 yrs.; others: 5 yrs.; if victim under 18, prosecution must begin within 5 yrs. after victim attains 18 for sexual assault, criminal sexual contact and endangering welfare of children
Misdemeanors Petty offense or disorderly persons offense: 1 yr.
Acts During Which Statute Does Not Run Fleeing justice; prosecution pending for same conduct

Note: State laws are constantly changing -- contact a New Jersey criminal defense attorney or conduct your own legal research to verify the state law(s) you are researching.

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