Kansas Criminal Statute of Limitations Laws
Each state has a “statute of limitations" or law that limits when you can have criminal charges brought against you for something illegal that you are accused of doing. The time limit is different depending on the severity of the crime and sometimes depending on who is the victim. Some crimes have no time limit for bringing a case, usually because of their extremely violent nature.
Kansas Criminal Statute of Limitations: Overview
Kansas' criminal statute of limitations is outlined in the chart below.
|Topic||Criminal statute of limitations|
|Definition||A statute of limitations tells you the time frame when the prosecution must bring a charge for a crime.|
|Code Sections||Kansas Statutes section 21-5107|
|Felonies||The time limit for felonies varies by the type of crime, as follows:
|Misdemeanors||For all misdemeanors, the case must be started within 5 years.|
|Crimes in Which a Child Is a Victim||
|Acts During Which Statute Does Not Run||The statute of limitations does not run during any of the following:
|Other||A case starts for the purposes of the statute of limitations when a complaint or information has been filed or an indictment by grand jury returned and a warrant has been issued. However, if the warrant isn't executed, the prosecution isn't deemed to have started.|
Note: State laws change constantly, so it's important to verify these state criminal laws by conducting your own legal research or contacting an experienced Kansas criminal defense lawyer.
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