Kentucky Criminal Statute of Limitations

Kentucky has unusual statute of limitation laws for criminal cases. Unlike most states which specify different time periods for different types of crimes, Kentucky’s laws are very basic: there is no statute of limitations for any felonies and a one year period for any other crime. The only tolling provision is for misdemeanors where the victim is a minor.

Ky. Rev. Stat. Ann. 500.050

Felonies: no statute of limitations

Any offense other than felony: within 1 year after it is committed

Misdemeanor when the victim is under 18: within 5 years after the victim turns 18

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