Rhode Island Statutes of Limitations
All states, including Rhode Island, have time limits for both criminal prosecutors and prospective plaintiffs in civil lawsuits referred to as statutes of limitation. They are meant to ensure a relatively efficient legal system as well as a way of preserving the integrity of evidence in a trial, although murder and other serious crimes often don't have such limits. FindLaw's section on Rhode Island's statutes of limitations outlines the state's time limits on the filing of criminal and civil cases, with listings of these time limits by the type of crime or claim. Click on a link below to learn more about Rhode Island's statutes of limitations.