Criminal Statute of Limitations Laws in New York sets deadlines for filing criminal charges. It prohibits prosecutors from charging someone with a crime that was committed after the statute of limitations has expired.
The Purpose of Criminal Statute of Limitations
Criminal Statute of Limitations laws are intended for the protection of the innocent. They ensure that convictions occur based on the evidence that is provided within the time constraints of the statute of limitations. The time limit for the prosecution to begin filing a criminal charge does not begin until the crime is discovered, or should have been discovered.
Crimes With No Statute of Limitations
New York State legislature has no statute of limitations for heinous crimes. The crimes with no statute of limitations include murder, any crime punishable by life in prison and embezzlement of public funds.
Statute of Limitations for Felonies
The statute of limitation is six years for felonies that are not punishable by life in prison, but still punishable by eight or more years in prison. For all other felonies punishable by imprisonment, the statute of limitations is three years.
Statute of Limitations for Misdemeanors
For most misdemeanors, the statute of limitations is one year.The statute of limitations is two years for a crime of sexual exploitation by a physician or therapist.
Contact a Criminal Defense Attorney in New York
If you have been accused of a misdemeanor or felony, contact Reuven J. Epstein,a criminal defense attorney in Spring Valley, NY. We have successfully defended the rights of numerous clients accused of serious crimes at the Law Office of Reuven J. Epstein.