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Kentucky Criminal Statute of Limitations Laws

A statute of limitations is a law that prohibits the district attorney or prosecutor from charging you with a crime that was committed longer ago than the statute allows. In most states, misdemeanors have shorter time limits than felonies and at least some felonies, such as murder or sex crimes against children, have no time limit.

Kentucky's time limits are quite simple. Essentially, felonies have no limit and misdemeanors have a one-year limit. For more details, see the table below that outlines the criminal statute of limitations in Kentucky.

State Kentucky
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 Kentucky Revised Statutes section 500.050
Felonies There is no time limit for any felony.
Misdemeanors Cases for misdemeanors must be started within 1 year.
Crimes in Which a Child Is a Victim If the victim of a misdemeanor sexual offense (under Kentucky Revised Statutes section 510.010 et seq.) is a minor at the time of the crime, the case must start within 5 years of the victim's 18th birthday.
Acts During Which Statute Does Not Run n/a
Other n/a

Note: Because state laws change regularly, it's important to verify the laws you're researching by conducting your own legal research or contacting a knowledgeable Kentucky defense attorney.

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