Statute of Limitations for Criminal Charges

No Statute of Limitations:

  • Murder
  • Manslaughter
  • Sexual Assault with DNA evidence
  • Leaving the scene of an accident that results in death

Ten Years:

  • Theft of estate by an executor or administrator
  • Theft by a public servant of government property
  • Forgery
  • Injury to a child, elderly individual, or disabled individual (punishable as a felony of the first degree under Section 22.04, Penal Code)
  • Sexual assault, unless there is DNA evidence or if the victim is under 18
  • Arson

Seven Years

  • Misapplication of fiduciary property or property of a financial institution
  • Securing execution of document by deception
  • Tax Code violations

Five Years

  • Theft
  • Burglary
  • Robbery
  • Kidnapping
  • Injury to a child, elderly individual, or disabled individual (that is not punishable as a felony of the first degree under Section 22.04, Penal Code)
  • Abandoning or endangering a child
  • Insurance fraud

Ten Years From the 18th Birthday of the victim

  • Indecency with a child
  • Sexual assault under Section 22.011(a)(2), Penal Code
  • Aggravated sexual assault under Section 22.021(a)(1)(B), Penal Code

Three Years

  • All other felonies not listed above.

Two Years

  • All Misdemeanor offenses including: DWI, POM, assault family violence and other charges not listed above.
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