Written by attorney Mark Nickolas Longwell

The Statute of Limitations in Florida

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, 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

Of important note, the courts will not likely dismiss a case on a limitations grounds if the defendant has been absent from the State or absconded. There are many other things to consider when dealing with a time limitations issue.

If you are facing a criminal charge, you should hire an attorney.

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