Louisiana Criminal Statutes of Limitations

Louisiana Criminal Procedure: Statute of Limitations Statutes of limitations are designed to prevent dishonest and stale claims from arising after all evidence has been lost or after the facts have become obscure through the passage of time or the defective memory, death, or disappearance of witnesses.  These statutes apply to both civil and criminal actions.  In Louisiana, we also refer to the Statute of Limitation as "the prescriptive period." A majority of states have a statute of limitations for all crimes except murder.  Criminal statutes of limitations apply to different crimes on the basis of their general classification as either [...]

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