In Florida, there are time limitations for when a person may be prosecuted for an alleged crime. These time limitations are established in chapter 775.15, Florida Statutes. This is commonly referred to as the Statute of Limitations.
Generally, the most serious felonies (such as murder, Lewd and Lascivious Molestation of a child…) are known as capital, life felonies, or first degree felonies. There is no time limitation for these charges. A second degree felony has a four year limitation. A third degree felony has a three year limitation. A first degree misdemeanor is two years. A second degree misdemeanor is one year. There are many offenses that have different limitations, such as some Theft/Fraud charges that carry a five year limitation. Read more..Tags: charges, crime, Florida, statute of limitations, time limitation