Illinois Criminal Statute of Limitations
Every state imposes time limits -- called a "statute of limitations" -- on the filing of certain criminal charges. Time limits, in theory, ensure that the evidence (physical as well as eyewitness) has not deteriorated to the point where it becomes unreliable. Still, some serious crimes have no time limits. Illinois' criminal statute of limitations law, for example, places no limits on first-degree murder charges.
Learn about Illinois criminal statute of limitations in the table below. If you have specific questions about your unique circumstances, speak with a qualified Illinois criminal defense attorney to learn more.
|Topic||Criminal Statute of Limitations|
|Definition||The criminal statute of limitations is a time limit the state has for prosecuting a crime. Under Illinois law, the statute of limitations depends on the severity of the crime you face, ranging from one year and 6 months to no time limit.|
|Code Sections||720 ILCS 5/3-5; 5/3-7|
|Misdemeanors||Within 1 year and 6 months after its commission.|
|Crimes in Which a Child Is a Victim||
|Acts During Which Statute Does Not Run||
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Illinois Criminal Statute of Limitations Laws: Related Resources
- Illinois Criminal Laws
- Illinois Civil Statute of Limitations
- Time Limits for Charges: State Criminal Statutes of Limitations
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