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Texas Criminal Statute of Limitations Laws

As in other states, Texas' criminal statute of limitations establishes time limits for how soon after an incident (often the date of an arrest) a prosecutor must file formal charges. While misdemeamors typically have a two-year time limit, serious felonies such as murder and certain sexual assaults are not bound by any statute of limitations in Texas.

A summary of Texas criminal statute of limitations is in the table below. See Details on State Criminal Statute of Limitations and Criminal Law Basics for additional resources.

Code Section Crim. Proc. §12.01; 12.02; 12.05
Felonies Murder, manslaughter, and certain sexual assaults: none; thefts involving fiduciaries or officials forgery, sexual assault, indecency with a child: 10 yrs.; misapplication of fiduciary property: 7 yrs.; other theft, burglary, robbery, and certain sexual assaults: 5 yrs.; arson: 7 yrs.; others: 3 yrs.
Misdemeanors 2 yrs.
Acts During Which Statute Does Not Run Absent state, pendency of indictment, information complaint

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

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