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Michigan Criminal Statute of Limitations Laws

State prosecutors have time limits within which to file criminal charges, commonly referred to as the statute of limitations. One of the motivations for these limits is to ensure that evidence (both witness testimony and physical evidence) is fresh and useful for a trial, although murder often lacks such a limit. Michigan criminal statute of limitations law sets the limit at six years for misdemeanors and six to 10 years for most felonies.

The following chart highlights the main provisions of Michigan criminal statute of limitations law, with links to additional articles and resources.

Code Section 767.24
Felonies Murder: none; kidnapping, extortion, assault with intent or conspiracy to murder: 10 yrs.; others: 6 yrs.; if victim was under age 18 for any degree of sexual conduct or assault with intent to commit sexual conduct or any sexually abusive activity or material to minor: 10 yrs. or when the victim turns 21 yrs. old, whichever is later; if DNA evidence obtained: none until offender identified, then 10 yrs. after identification or when victim turns 21, whichever is later.
Misdemeanors 6 yrs.
Acts During Which Statute Does Not Run Not resident, did not usually and publicly reside

Note: State laws are constantly changing -- contact a Michigan criminal defense attorney or conduct your own legal research to verify the state law(s) you are researching.

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