Statute of Limitations

According to NJSA 2C:1-6, Time Limitations, the State of New Jersey must file criminal charges against you within a certain period of time.  If the State fails to do so, you may have a claim that the charges were filed out of time.

 

According to 2C:1-4b.(1) the prosecution for a crime must be filed within five (5) years after it is committed.

 

The prosecution of a disorderly persons offense or petty disorderly persons offense must be commenced within one (1) year after it is committed.

 

The prosecution for certain offenses such as aggravated criminal sexual contact and Endangering the Welfare of a Child, and when the victim is under 18 years of age must be commenced within five (5) years of the victim turning 18 or within 2 years of the discovery of the offense by the victim, whichever is later.