All states have what are known as statutes of limitations -- time limits for the filing of criminal charges or civil claims. These time limits help ensure the integrity of physical evidence and witnesses, while also preventing prosecutors or would-be plaintiffs from holding charges or claims over people's heads indefinitely. Welcome to FindLaw's section on the statutes of limitations for West Virginia, with legalese-free explanations of the laws that affect us all. In addition to the various time limits for filing charges or claims, the articles in this section explain how these time limits are "tolled" and when the "clock" is stopped. Click on a link below to learn more about West Virginia's statutes of limitations.