If you believe you may be the target of a lawsuit, or perhaps you're a suspect in a criminal investigation, you should know that claims and charges must be filed within certain time limits (with a few exceptions), referred to as statutes of limitations. In New Mexico, the state's civil statute of limitations is three years for personal injury or defamation and four years for injury to personal property and most other civil claims. New Mexico's criminal statute of limitations ranges from three to six years for felonies and one to two years for misdemeanors. As in most other states, there is no time limit for filing murder charges. Click on a link below to learn more about New Mexico's statutes of limitations.