Statutes of Limitations: New York, Mississippi, Illinois

Just for the heck of it, here are some statute of limitations in a few states.

“Statutes of limitations” are laws that set time limits on how long you have to file a “civil” lawsuit, like a personal injury lawsuit, or how long the state has to prosecute someone for committing a crime. These time limits usually depend on the legal claim or crime involved in the case, and they’re different from state to state. For example, in some states you may have three years to file a personal injury lawsuit after you were hurt in a car accident, but in other states you may have two years. As a general rule:

  • The time period begins to run on the date your claim arises or “accrues,” like the day of the car accident, or when a crime is committed, and
  • Once the statute of limitations has expired or “run,” you can’t file a lawsuit (or be prosecuted for a crime)

New York (

Kidnapping, No time limit or 5 years (Depending on the facts of the case)

Manslaughter, first degree, 5 years

Manslaughter, second degree, 5 years

Murder, first degree No time limit

Murder, second degree, No time limit

Wrongful Death, 2 years


Mississippi (

The following statute of limitations apply to the prosecution of the following felonies:

  • No limitation: Murder, manslaughter, arson, burglary, forgery, counterfeiting, robbery, larceny, rape, embezzlement, obtaining money under false pretenses of property
  • 2 years: all others


Illinois (

1st or 2nd degree murder, attempt to commit first degree murder, criminal solicitation to commit murder, involuntary manslaughter, reckless homicide, treason, arson, forgery: none; others: 3 yrs.


Posted on March 5, 2012, in Cold Cases, Crime, Domestic Violence, Ellenville NY, Joe Helt, Lacey Gaines, Mississippi, Murder, New York, Nikki LaDue January, NY. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Some are much too short. By the time you have enough documentation to file, many times the statue of limitations eliminate your claim. Lazy attorney’s, unresponsive officials all contribute to your limiations with impunity

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