Oklahoma Statutes of Limitations
Welcome to FindLaw's guide to Oklahoma's statutes of limitations, which limit the time for filing either a civil complaint (lawsuit) or criminal charge. The purpose of these limits is to help ensure that evidence (including witness testimony) does not deteriorate and to prevent people from threatening lawsuits, or criminal charges, indefinitely. The statutes of limitations differ by type of civil claim or criminal charge, while murder and other serious charges typically have no statute of limitations in Oklahoma or other states. Oklahoma's civil statute of limitations range from two to five years for most causes of action, and one year for defamation claims.