Statute of Limitations In Cincinnati Ohio
One of the most important defenses in Ohio involves the statute of limitations. Under Ohio law, charges must be brought within a designated amount of time after the criminal offense has allegedly been committed (the statute of limitations). If the prosecution does not commence within the allotted time, the alleged offender can file a “Motion to Dismiss” based on the Statute of Limitations.
The Statute of Limitations depends on the type of offense committed, including felony, misdemeanor, and minor misdemeanor.
- Felony: Six years
- Misdemeanor: Two years
- Minor Misdemeanor: Six months
However, the statute of limitations does not apply to certain crimes. Instead, a 20-year statute of limitation applies to any charge where the victim is a peace officer, or there is a conspiracy to commit, attempt to commit, or complicity in the following felonies:
- Assault, when the offender is charged with felonious assault
- Aggravated assault, if the victim is Peace Officer
- Aggravated riot
- Aggravated burglary
- Aggravated robbery
- Aggravated arson
- Compelling prostitution
- Gross sexual imposition
- Unlawful sexual conduct with a minor
- Sexual battery
- Involuntary manslaughter
- Voluntary manslaughter
Moreover, there is no statute of limitations for murder or aggravated murder, no longer how long it takes for the prosecution to commence the case.
Finding an Attorney When You Are Charged With A Crime
If you have a pending case in Cincinnati, Ohio, or one of the surrounding areas, contact an experienced criminal defense attorney at Joslyn Criminal Defense Law Firm to discuss your case. Our attorneys can help you determine whether the statute of limitations has already expired.
Call (513) 399-6289 or submit an online form today to discuss your case. Let us put our experience to work for you.