Criminal Statutes of Limitations
Oklahoma

Last Updated: December 2017
Crime Against Nature Answer

What is the statute of limitations for this crime?

  1. Prosecution against the perpetrator of this crime must commence by the 45th birthday of the alleged victim.  Prosecutions for such crimes committed against victims 18 years of age or older shall be commenced within 12 years after discovery of the offense.

Statutory citation(s):

  1. Citation for the crime: Okla. Stat. tit. 21, § 886.
  2. Citation for the statute of limitations: Okla. Stat. tit. 22, § 152. 





Incest Answer

What is the statute of limitations for this crime?

  1. Prosecution against the perpetrator of this crime must commence within three years after commission of the offense.

Statutory citation(s):

  1. Citation for the crime: Okla. Stat. tit. 21, § 885.
  2. Citation for the statute of limitations: Okla. Stat. tit. 22, § 152.





Forcible sodomy Answer

What is the statute of limitations for this crime?

  1. Prosecution against the perpetrator of this crime must commence by the 45th birthday of the alleged victim.  Prosecutions for such crimes committed against victims 18 years of age or older shall be commenced within 12 years after discovery of the offense.

Statutory citation(s):

  1. Citation for the crime: Okla. Stat. tit. 21, § 888.
  2. Citation for the statute of limitations: Okla. Stat. tit. 22, § 152.





Rape or rape by instrumentation in the first degree; rape in the second degree Answer

What is the statute of limitations for this crime?

  1. Prosecution against the perpetrator of this crime must commence by the 45th birthday of the alleged victim.  Prosecutions for such crimes committed against victims 18 years of age or older shall be commenced within 12 years after discovery of the offense.

Statutory citation(s):

  1. Citation for the crime: Okla. Stat. tit. 21, § 1114.
  2. Citation for the statute of limitations: Okla. Stat. tit. 22, § 152.





Lewd or indecent proposals or acts as to a child under 16 or person believed to be under 16; sexual battery Answer

What is the statute of limitations for this crime?

  1. Prosecution against the perpetrator of this crime must commence by the 45th birthday of the alleged victim.  Prosecutions for such crimes committed against victims 18 years of age or older shall be commenced within 12 years after discovery of the offense.

Statutory citation(s):

  1. Citation for the crime: Okla. Stat. tit. 21, § 1123.
  2. Citation for the statute of limitations: Okla. Stat. tit. 22, § 152.





Are there any exceptions to the statute of limitations laws? Answer
Exceptions
  • Okla. Stat. tit. 22, § 152 Statute of limitations
    • (C)(2) Prosecution may be commenced at any time after commission of the offense if physical evidence was collected and preserved that is capable of being tested to obtain a DNA profile and the identity of offender is subsequently established through the use of a DNA profile using that evidence; however, a prosecution under this exception must be commenced within three years after the date on which the identity of the offender is established through DNA testing; applies for the following offenses:
      • Rape (tit. 21, § 1114);
      • Forcible sodomy (tit. 21, § 888);
      • Sodomy;
      • Lewd or indecent proposals or acts against children (tit. 21, § 1123);
      • Crime against nature (tit. 21, § 886).





Anything else I should know? Answer
Anything else I should know?
  • Okla. Stat. tit. 22, § 152 Statute of limitations
    • (L) No prosecution under subsection C of tit. 22, § 152, shall be based upon the memory of the victim that has been recovered through psychotherapy unless there is some evidence independent of such repressed memory.  Any person who knowingly and willfully makes a false claim pursuant to subsection C, or makes a claim that the person knows lacks factual foundation may be reported to local law enforcement for criminal investigation and, upon conviction, shall be guilty of a felony.
    • (M) “Discovery” of the offense, as used in subsection C of tit. 22, § 152 above, means the date that a physical or sexually related crime involving a victim 18 years of age or older is reported to a law enforcement agency.
  • Okla. Stat. tit. 22, § 153. Absence from state, limitation does not run
    • If when the offense is committed the defendant is out of the state, the prosecution may be commenced within the term herein limited after his coming within the state, and no time during which the defendant is not an inhabitant of or usually resident within the state, is part of the limitation.








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