Statutes of limitations define the time period in which a lawsuit or other civil action must be filed, as measured from the date of the incident. Statutes of limitations also apply to criminal cases, prohibiting prosecutors from filing criminal after the passage of a specified number of years. Different states have different statutes of limitations for various types of civil actions and crimes, and North Carolina is no different. For instance, North Carolina has a three-year time limit to bring fraud cases, but doesn't have a statute of limitations for felonies. Click on the links below to learn more.