Many types of legal claims or actions are subject to a time limit, known as a statute of limitations. Colorado has statutes of limitations on the books for a wide range of injury claims and criminal charges. In the criminal law context, these statutes dictate how long prosecutors have to file criminal charges against a subject. For example, the Rocky Mountain State sets a time limit of ten years for sexual assault charges to be brought against a defendant. In the civil law context, on the other hand, a statute of limitations determines how long an injured individual has to file an injury claim against a defendant. For example, under Colorado law, you have three years to file a car accident injury claim. Click on one of the links below to learn more about Colorado statutes of limitations.