Accession Number PB2013-100145
Title Statutes of Limitation in Federal Criminal Cases: An Overview, October 1, 2012.
Publication Date Oct 2012
Media Count 38p
Personal Author C. Doyle
Abstract A statute of limitations dictates the time period within which a legal proceeding must begin. The purpose of a statute of limitations in a criminal case is to ensure the prompt prosecution of criminal charges and thereby spare the accused of the burden of having to defend against stale charges after memories may have faded or evidence is lost. There is no statute of limitations for federal crimes punishable by death, nor for certain federal crimes of terrorism, nor, since passage of the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act (2006) (P.L. 109-248), for certain federal sex offenses. Prosecution for most other federal crimes must begin within five years of the commitment of the offense. There are exceptions. Some types of crimes are subject to a longer period of limitation; some circumstances suspend or extend the otherwise applicable period of limitation.
Keywords Criminal cases
Criminal charges
Evidence
Federal criminal cases
Federal government
Law enforcement
Legal proceedings
Offenses
Prosecution
Statutes
Statutes of limitation


 
Source Agency Congressional Research Service
NTIS Subject Category 92D - Education, Law, & Humanities
91C - Fire Services, Law Enforcement, & Criminal Justice
43 - Problem Solving Information for State & Local Governments
70F - Public Administration & Government
Corporate Author Congressional Research Service, Washington, DC.
Document Type Technical report
Title Note Rept. to Congress.
NTIS Issue Number 1303
Contract Number N/A

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