Connecticut Criminal Statute of Limitations

Below are the statutes of limitation for criminal cases in Connecticut which set forth the time periods within which a legal proceeding must be commenced. If the state fails to bring a case within the applicable time period, it loses its right to prosecute for that crime forever. In general, the more violent the crime, the longer the statute of limitations, and with some crimes there is no statute of limitations.

Conn. Gen. Stat. Ann. § § 54-193 et seq.

Capital felony, class A felony, arson murder, or escape in the first degree; hindering prosecution by rendering criminal assistance to people who have committed a capital or class A felony, arson murder, or escape in the first degree; perjury which results in the conviction of a person later found innocent: No statute of limitations

Any offense where punishment is or may be imprisonment for one year or more: 5 years from the date the offense was committed

All other offenses: 1 year from the date the offense was committed

Class A felony involving sexual abuse, sexual exploitation or sexual assault of a minor: within thirty years after the victim attains the age of majority, or five years after the victim notifies the police or state's attorney, whichever is earlier. If the offense is sexual assault in the second degree and the victim is thirteen years or older but under sixteen and the offender is more than three years older: within five years after the commission of the offense

Sexual assaults where the victim notifies the state within five years of the offense and the identity of the person who committed the offense is established with DNA evidence collected at the time of the offense: No statute of limitations

Tolling Provision

The statute of limitations is tolled during any period that the person resides out of the state

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