Oklahoma Criminal Statute of Limitations

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Below is a summary of the statute of limitation periods for criminal cases in Oklahoma. 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.

22 Okl.St.Ann. § 151-153

Murder: no statute of limitations

Bribery; embezzlement of public money, bonds, securities, assets or property of the state or any county, school district, municipality or any subdivision thereof; or misappropriation of public money, bonds, securities, assets or property of the state or any county, school district, municipality or other subdivision; falsification of public records of the state or any county, school district, municipality or subdivision; and conspiracy to defraud the state or any county, school district, municipality or other subdivision: 7 years

Embezzlement or misappropriation of public money, bonds, securities, assets or property of any school district; falsification of public records of any independent school district; criminal conspiracy;  embezzlement; False Personation or Identity Theft; or the financial exploitation of a vulnerable adult: 5 years after discovery

State income tax law violations: 5 years

Rape or forcible sodomy; sodomy; lewd or indecent acts against children; pornography involving minors; child abuse; and child trafficking:  12 years after the discovery.

If victim notified law enforcement within 12 years after discovery of the crime and DNA evidence is used to establish identity of offender: within 3 years after suspect’s identity is established by DNA evidence

Oklahoma Wildlife Conservation Code violations: 3 years

Criminal fraud or workers' compensation fraud: 3 years after discovery, up to a maximum of 7 years after date of offense

False or bogus check: 5 years

Solicitation for 1st degree murder: 7 years after discovery of crime

Any other public offense: 3 years  

Accessory after the fact: same statute of limitations as the underlying felony

Arson: 7 years

Felonies or attempted felonies with a deadly weapon: 7 years

Tolling Provisions

The statute of limitations does not run during any time that defendant is absent from state

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