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North Carolina Criminal Statute of Limitations Laws

State laws place limits on how much time prosecutors have to file criminal charges, called the criminal statute of limitations. Most states have different limits for different kinds of crimes, but North Carolina is unique in this regard. North Carolina's criminal statute of limitations is two years for most misdemeanors, but there is no statute of limitations for felonies or crimes classified as "malicious" misdemeanors.

Learn about North Carolina's criminal statute of limitation laws and related matters in the sections below. See Criminal Law Basics for additional details.

Code Section 15-1
Felonies None
Misdemeanors Malicious misdemeanor: none; others: 2 yrs.
Acts During Which Statute Does Not Run Felonies and malicious midemeanors (see above)

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

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