Statutes of limitations, or time limits for filing criminal charges or civil claims, are intended to speed up the judicial system while preserving the integrity of the evidence. In addition, these limits prevent would-be plaintiffs from threatening lawsuits indefinitely. Welcome to FindLaw's section on Utah's criminal and civil statutes of limitations, with legalese-free explanations of these laws and limitations. Included are separate articles explaining the state's time limits for criminal charges and civil claims, with lists of these limits pertaining to different types of crimes and claims. In addition, these articles explain how and when the time is "tolled." Click on a link below to learn more about Utah's statutes of limitations.