All states, including Virginia, place time limits for filing lawsuits or prosecuting crimes. These time limits are called statutes of limitations and often vary by the type of civil action or crime. For instance, the time limit for Virginia to prosecute a defendant for felony cruelty to animals is five years, but only one year for agricultural animals. Civil statutes of limitations range from one to 20 years, with a two-year limit for personal injury claims. Understanding the statute of limitations that applies to your situation is very important. Click on the links below to learn more.