When the state is investigating a crime and looking for leads, prosecutors know they can't wait too long to file criminal charges; the same is true when civilians are considering their options for filing a claim in civil court. In both criminal and civil courts, laws known as statutes of limitations put time specific time limits on such actions, both to ensure the integrity of evidence and to keep the legal wheels moving efficiently. It also prevents the threat of lawsuits from going on indefinitely. Welcome to FindLaw's section on Montana's statutes of limitations, covering time limits for both criminal charges and civil claims. Click on a link below to learn more.