statute of limitations texas

Has the Statute of Limitations Expired for Your Texas Crime?

August 9, 2017

In Texas, an “expiration date,” called a statute of limitations, is in place for almost all types of crimes. A statute of limitations restricts how long an individual or entity can delay taking legal action regarding a matter. Statutes of limitations exist for both criminal and civil matters.

The criminal statute of limitations sets time limits regarding how long after a specific incident, such as the date of arrest, the prosecutor has to bring formal charges against the suspect. Time limits specified in the statute of limitations serve several purposes:

  • Criminal charges can’t indefinitely hang over the individual’s head. Cases must be managed with great urgency and efficiency.
  • The integrity of evidence is best preserved. Witnesses’ recollections may blur or physical evidence may deteriorate or become compromised over time.