A Pillar of Defense in Colorado Springs

Do all crimes have a statute of limitations in Colorado?

When a crime is committed, many times there is a statute of limitations that applies. This means that the prosecution has a specific amount of time to charge someone with the crime. If the prosecution is unable to do so, then there will never be anyone convicted of the crime -- unless someone were to waive the statute of limitations. That doesn't happen very often, but it might occur in cases involving a plea bargain.

There are different statutes of limitations for different crimes. There are also some crimes for which there is no statutes of limitations. These include:

-- Murder

-- Kidnapping

-- Treason

-- Forgery

Crimes that have a statute of limitations of 10 years in Colorado are:

-- Sexual assault

-- Pandering or procurement of a child

-- Soliciting for child prostitution

-- Trafficking in or sexual exploitation of children

Other crimes have statutes of limitations that vary from 18 months up to seven years. However, if the person charged with the crime is absent from the state, an extension of up to five years is possible.

If you have been charged with a crime and you believe the statute of limitations has expired, your criminal defense attorney will know what to do. Some prosecutors will try to work around these restrictions when it comes to charging someone. However, they cannot rewrite the law. By building a strong defense case and utilizing well-thought-out strategies, an experienced Colorado criminal defense attorney can help those who are facing charges for crimes and are still within the state's statutes of limitations.

Source: FindLaw, "Time Limits for Charges: State Criminal Statutes of Limitations," accessed Sep. 17, 2015

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information

Tell Us About Your Legal Matter Confidentially

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information
disclaimer.

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.

close

Privacy Policy

Email Our Attorneys

You Have Options And Opportunities. Contact Our Firm Today.

Phone: 719-377-4024
Fax: 719-757-1146

222 East Costilla Street Colorado Springs, CO 80903 Phone: 719-377-4024 Fax: 719-757-1146 Colorado Springs Law Office Map

Connect With Our Firm

Find us on youtube