Ohio Criminal Statute of Limitations Laws
Prosecutors have time limits for filing criminal charges against defendants, called the statute of limitations. While the intent of these laws is make sure charges are filed while evidence is still intact, murder charges typically have no time limit. Ohio's criminal statute of limitations laws allow six years for most crimes (with no limit for murder), while sex crimes, kidnapping, robbery, burglary, arson, and some other serious crimes have a 20-year statute of limitations.
The following chart summarizes Ohio criminal statute of limitations laws. See FindLaw's Criminal Law Basics section for more articles and resources.
|Felonies||Murder or aggravated murder: none; others: 6 yrs.; fraud or breach of fiduciary duty: within 1 yr. of discovery of offense; official misconduct: within 2 yrs.; manslaughter, kidnapping rape, sexual battery, unlawful sexual conduct with a minor, compelling prostitution, arson, robbery, burglary, aggravated riot, felonious or aggravated assault of a peace officer, felonious assault, or conspiracy or attempt to commit any of the above: 20 yrs.|
|Misdemeanors||2 yrs.; minor misdemeanor: 6 mos.|
|Acts During Which Statute Does Not Run||Absent state or conceals identity or whereabouts or undiscovered corpus delicti; prosecution pending for same conduct|
Note: State laws are constantly changing -- contact an Ohio criminal defense attorney or conduct your own legal research to verify the state law(s) you are researching.
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