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Virginia Criminal Statute of Limitations Laws

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Code Section19.2-8
FeloniesMurder: none; cruelty to animals: 5 yrs. (except for agricultural animals: 1 yr.); making false presentation under VA Unemployment Compensation Act to receive benefits, attempt to evade or failure to pay taxes, violation of laws re: discharge, dumping, or emission of toxic substance, violation of rules of VA Real Estate Board, illegal sales of wild birds, animals, or freshwater fish: 3 yrs.; malfeasance in office, Building Code violations: 2 yrs.; violation of Campaign Finance Disclosure Act: within 1 yr. of discovery, max. 3 yrs. after offense
MisdemeanorsPetit larceny: 5 yrs.; attempt to produce abortion: 2 yrs.; others: 1 yr.
Acts During Which Statute Does Not RunFleeing justice or concealing self to avoid arrest

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