New Hampshire Criminal Statute of Limitations

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

N.H. Rev. Stat. Ann. 625:8

Murder: no statute of limitations

Class A felony: 6 years

Class B felony: 6 years

Misdemeanor: 1 year

Violation: 3 months

Unemployment compensation offense: 6 years

Theft involving misappropriation of property or any offense involving fraud or breach of fiduciary duty: 1 year after discovery

Misconduct in office by a public servant: any time while person is still in office or within 2 years after leaving office

Hunting violations: 3 years

Sexual assault or incest with victim under 18 years: within 22 years after victim turns 18

Destruction of evidence, witness tampering, or other conduct that delayed discovery of offense: 1 year after discovery of offense

Arson: one year after discovery

Perjury or tampering with evidence in murder case: no statute of limitations

Tolling Provisions

The period of limitations does not run:

  • when the accused is continuously absent from the state or has no reasonably ascertained place of abode or work within the state
  • when a prosecution is pending against the accused in the state based on the same conduct

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