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.
|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.|
|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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