Statute of Limitations
A a legislative enactment that places a time limit on the
prosecution of a crime.
Common law placed no time limits on prosecution.
Statutes of limitations seldom place time limits on
prosecutions for murder and other very serious offenses.
Federal statutes of limitations provide a five-year
limitation on prosecution of noncapital crimes.
Most states provide five to seven year limitations on the
prosecution of felonies other than murder, one to two
years on major misdemeanors, and a year or less on