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Pennsylvania Criminal Statute of Limitations Laws

Pennsylvania's criminal statute of limitations sets limits for how long a prosecutor may wait to file formal criminal charges. There is no time limit to bring charges for serious crimes such as murder, but lesser offense have between a 2- and 12-year statute of limitations, depending on the specific offense. The deadline for filing misdemeanor charges, for instance, is 2 years. The statute of limitations for official misconduct (i.e. a politician or someone in public office) is 8 years.

The following chart provides the basics of Florida criminal statute of limitations law. See Details on State Criminal Statute of Limitations for more general information.


Code Section Tit. 42 §5551-5554
Felonies Murder, manslaughter, voluntary manslaughter, conspiracy to murder, soliciting to commit murder and murder results, felony connected with 1st or 2nd degree murder, vehicular homicide: none; major offenses or conspiracy or solicitation to commit major offense: 5 yrs.; others: 2 yrs.; fraud or breach of fiduciary duty: 3 yrs.; official misconduct: 8 yrs.; sexual offense committed against a minor: period of limitations starts when minor reaches age 18; major sexual offenses: 12 years
Misdemeanors 2 yrs.; summary offenses: 30 days
Acts During Which Statute Does Not Run Absent from state; no ascertainable residence or place of work within state; prosecution pending for same conduct

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

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