Title 13: Crimes and Criminal Procedure
Chapter 151: LIMITATION OF PROSECUTIONS AND ACTIONS
13 V.S.A. § 4501. Limitation of prosecutions for certain crimes
§ 4501. Limitation of prosecutions for certain crimes
(a) Prosecutions for aggravated sexual assault, aggravated sexual assault of a child, human trafficking, aggravated human trafficking, murder, arson causing death, and kidnapping may be commenced at any time after the commission of the offense.
(b) Prosecutions for manslaughter, sexual assault, lewd and lascivious conduct, sexual exploitation of children, sexual abuse of a vulnerable adult, grand larceny, robbery, burglary, embezzlement, forgery, bribery offenses, false claims, fraud under 33 V.S.A. § 141(d), and felony tax offenses shall be commenced within six years after the commission of the offense, and not after.
(c) Prosecutions for sexual assault, lewd and lascivious conduct, sexual exploitation of a minor as defined in subsection 3258(b) of this title, and lewd or lascivious conduct with a child, alleged to have been committed against a child under 18 years of age shall be commenced within the earlier of the date the victim attains the age of 24 or 10 years from the date the offense is reported, and not after. For purposes of this subsection, an offense is reported when a report of the conduct constituting the offense is made to a law enforcement officer by the victim.
(d) Prosecutions for arson shall be commenced within 11 years after the commission of the offense, and not after.
(e) Prosecutions for other felonies and for misdemeanors shall be commenced within three years after the commission of the offense, and not after. (Amended 1981, No. 52, § 1; 1981, No. 223 (Adj. Sess.), § 11; 1985, No. 82, § 4; 1987, No. 48, § 7; 1989, No. 292 (Adj. Sess.), § 1; 1993, No. 163 (Adj. Sess.), § 1; 1995, No. 27, § 1; 2009, No. 58, § 15; 2011, No. 6, § 1; No. 55, § 4.)