Criminal Statutes of Limitations
Connecticut

Last Updated: December 2017
Sexual assault, first degree Answer

What is the statute of limitations for this crime?

This crime is a Class A felony if victim is under sixteen and perpetrator uses force or threatens force, or if victim is under 13 and perpetrator is more than two years older than victim. Otherwise, class B felony.

  1. No statute of limitations for Class A felonies; or
  2. If Class B felony, within five years after the commission of the offense; or
  3. If the victim is a minor and not a Class A felony, then within 30 years after victim attains the age of majority, or within five years after victim notifies any police officer or state’s attorney of the commission of the offense, whichever is earlier; provided that if the victim is thirteen or older but under sixteen and the offender is more than three years older, the victim notified such police officer or state's attorney not later than five years after the commission of the offense.

Statutory citation(s):

  1. Citation for the crime: Conn. Gen. Stat. § 53a-70.
  2. Citation for the statute of limitations: Conn. Gen. Stat. § 54-193(a); § 54-193(b), and § 54-193a.





Aggravated sexual assault, first degree Answer

What is the statute of limitations for this crime?

This crime is a Class A felony if victim is under 16. Otherwise, this crime is a Class B felony. 

  1. No statute of limitations for Class A felonies; or
  2. If Class B felony, within five years after the commission of the offense; or 
  3. If the victim is a minor and not a Class A felony, then within 30 years after victim attains the age of majority, or within five years after victim notifies any police officer or state’s attorney of the commission of the offense, whichever is earlier; provided that if the victim is thirteen or older but under sixteen and the offender is more than three years older, the victim notified such police officer or state's attorney not later than five years after the commission of the offense.

Statutory citation(s):

  1. Citation for the crime: Conn. Gen. Stat. § 53a-70a,
  2. Citation for the statute of limitations: Conn. Gen. Stat. § 54-193(a); (b); and Conn. Gen. Stat. § 54-193a.





Sexual assault in the spousal or cohabiting relationship Answer

What is the statute of limitations for this crime?

This crime is a Class B felony.

  1. Prosecution must bring a case within five years after commission of the offense; or 
  2. If the victim is a minor, then within 30 years after victim attains the age of majority, or within five years after victim notifies any police officer or state’s attorney of the commission of the offense, whichever is earlier; provided that if the victim is thirteen or older but under sixteen and the offender is more than three years older, the victim notified such police officer or state's attorney not later than five years after the commission of the offense.

Statutory citation(s):

  1. Citation for the crime: Conn. Gen. Stat. § 53a-70b.
  2. Citation for the statute of limitations: Conn. Gen. Stat. § 54-193(b) and § 54-193a.





Aggravated sexual assault of a minor Answer

What is the statute of limitations for this crime?

This crime is a Class A felony.

  1. No statute of limitations for Class A felonies.

Statutory citation(s):

  1. Citation for the crime: Conn. Gen. Stat. § 53a-70c.
  2. Citation for the statute of limitations: Conn. Gen. Stat. § 54-193(a).





Sexual assault, second degree Answer

What is the statute of limitations for this crime?

This crime is a Class B felony if the victim is under 16. Otherwise, this crime is a Class C felony.

  1. Prosecution must bring a case within five years after commission of the offense; or 
  2. If the victim is a minor, then within 30 years after victim attains the age of majority, or within five years after victim notifies any police officer or state’s attorney of the commission of the offense, whichever is earlier; provided that if the victim is thirteen or older but under sixteen and the offender is more than three years older, the victim notified such police officer or state's attorney not later than five years after the commission of the offense.

Statutory citation(s):

  1. Citation for the crime: Conn. Gen. Stat. § 53a-71.
  2. Citation for the statute of limitations: Conn. Gen. Stat. § 54-193(b) and § 54-193a.





Sexual assault, third degree Answer

What is the statute of limitations for this crime?

This crime is a Class C felony if victim is under 16. Otherwise, this crime is a Class D felony. 

  1. Prosecution must bring a case within five years after commission of the offense; or 
  2. If the victim is a minor, then within 30 years after victim attains the age of majority, or within five years after victim notifies any police officer or state’s attorney of the commission of the offense, whichever is earlier; provided that if the victim is thirteen or older but under sixteen and the offender is more than three years older, the victim notified such police officer or state's attorney not later than five years after the commission of the offense.

Statutory citation(s):

  1. Citation for the crime: Conn. Gen. Stat. § 53a-72a.
  2. Citation for the statute of limitations: Conn. Gen. Stat. § 54-193(b) and § 54-193a.





Sexual assault, third degree with a firearm Answer

What is the statute of limitations for this crime?

This crime is a Class B felony if victim is under 16. Otherwise, this crime is a Class C felony.

  1. Prosecution must bring a case within five years after commission of the offense; or 
  2. If the victim is a minor, then within 30 years after victim attains the age of majority, or within five years after victim notifies any police officer or state’s attorney of the commission of the offense, whichever is earlier; provided that if the victim is thirteen or older but under sixteen and the offender is more than three years older, the victim notified such police officer or state's attorney not later than five years after the commission of the offense.

Statutory citation(s):

  1. Citation for the crime: Conn. Gen. Stat. § 53a-72b.
  2. Citation for the statute of limitations: Conn. Gen. Stat. § 54-193(b) and § 54-193a.





Sexual assault, fourth degree Answer

What is the statute of limitations for this crime?

This crime is a Class D felony if victim is under 16. Otherwise, this crime is a Class A misdemeanor. 

  1. If a Class D felony, prosecution must bring a case within five years after commission of the offense; or
  2. If a Class A misdemeanor, within one year after commission of the offense; or
  3. If the victim is a minor, then within 30 years after victim attains the age of majority, or within five years after victim notifies any police officer or state’s attorney of the commission of the offense, whichever is earlier; provided that if the victim is thirteen or older but under sixteen and the offender is more than three years older, the victim notified such police officer or state's attorney not later than five years after the commission of the offense.

Statutory citation(s):

  1. Citation for the crime: Conn. Gen. Stat. § 53a-73a.
  2. Citation for the statute of limitations: Conn. Gen. Stat. § 54-193(b), § 54-193(c) and § 54-193a.





Incest Answer

What is the statute of limitations for this crime?

This crime is a Class D felony.

  1. Prosecution must bring a case within five years after commission of the offense; or
  2. If the offense involves sexual abuse, sexual exploitation or sexual assault of a minor, then within 30 years after victim attains the age of majority, or within five years after victim notifies any police officer or state’s attorney of the commission of the offense, whichever is earlier; provided that if the victim is thirteen or older but under sixteen and the offender is more than three years older, the victim notified such police officer or state's attorney not later than five years after the commission of the offense.

Statutory citation(s):

  1. Citation for the crime: Conn. Gen. Stat. § 53a-191.
  2. Citation for the statute of limitations: Conn. Gen. Stat. § 54-193(b) and § 54-193a.





Are there any exceptions to the statute of limitations laws? Answer
Exceptions
  • Conn. Gen. Stat. § 54-193b Limitation of prosecution for sexual assault offenses when DNA evidence available
    • For the following offenses, no time limit provided that victim notified any police officer or state’s attorney of the commission of the offense no later than five years after commission of the offense, and the identity of the person who allegedly committed the offense has been established through a DNA profile comparison using evidence collected at the time of the commission of the offense:
      • First degree sexual assault (§ 53a-70);
      • Aggravated first degree sexual assault (§ 53a-70a);
      • Sexual assault in the spousal or cohabiting relationship (§ 53a-70b);
      • Second degree sexual assault (§ 53a-71);
      • Third degree sexual assault (§ 53a-72a); and
      • Third degree sexual assault with a firearm (§ 53a-72b).





Anything else I should know? Answer
Anything else I should know?
  • State v. George J., 910 A.2d 931, 941-942 (Conn. 2006)
    • Statute of limitations begins to run upon notification by a minor victim to police or state’s attorney and not upon notification to police by such minor victim’s parents or legal guardians.  Extended statute of limitations under § 54-193a is not limited only to offenses for which sexual abuse, sexual exploitation or sexual assault of a minor is an element of the crime.
  • State v. Ali, 660 A.2d 337, 342-344 (Conn. 1995)
    • Issuance of an arrest warrant qualifies as prosecution and tolls statute of limitations only if executed without unreasonable delay and in determining whether there was unreasonable delay the fact finder may consider whether the accused eluded authorities or made himself difficult to apprehend. 
  • State v. Saraceno, 545 A.2d 1116, 1124 (Conn. App. Ct. 1988)
    • An original information can toll the statute of limitations for a separate and distinct offense alleged for the first time in the superseding information so long as the original information alleges approximately the same facts as the subsequent information.








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