Nevada Criminal Statute of Limitations

Below is a summary of the statute of limitation periods for criminal cases in Nevada. Statutes of limitations set forth the time period within which the state must commence a case for a crime. If the state tries to bring an action against someone after the applicable time period has passed, the person charged can have the case dismissed. In general, violent crimes have a longer statute of limitations, and with some crimes there is no statute of limitations. In certain instances, the statute of limitations may be tolled, or suspended, which grants the state additional time to commence a legal action.

Nev. Rev. Stat. Ann. 171.080  et seq.

No statute of limitations: Murder and terrorism

Theft, robbery, burglary, forgery, arson, sexual assault, securities act violation, business fraud or deceit: 4 years

Any other felony:  3 years

Gross misdemeanor:  2 years

Any other misdemeanor:  1 year

Felony, gross misdemeanor, or misdemeanor committed in a secret manner: statute of limitations starts to run upon discovery of offense

Sexual abuse of a child: before the victim is 21 years old, or 28 years old if at age 21 victim didn’t realize he or she was victim of abuse 

Tolling Provisions

If the victim of a sexual assault files a report with a law enforcement officer, the statute of limitations is tolled

If the victim of a sexual assault is under a disability, the statute of limitations is tolled for the period of disability

If the victim of kidnapping or attempted murder files a report with a law enforcement officer, the statute of limitations is extended for 5 years

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