Kentucky Statute of Limitation

By: Ashley Davidson
By: Ashley Davidson

"There is no statute of limitations on felonies in the state of Kentucky."

A statute of limitation is a law that sets the time within which parties must take action to enforce their rights.

"Kentucky it doesn't matter if it's a felony. It doesn't matter if it's been one year or 50 years. You can still be prosecuted."

That's why Paul Huff Jr., the Metcalfe County bus driver, was arrested, even though the accuser says she was raped 16 years ago.

Each state has different laws for statute of limitation.

"Some states say 10 years. Some states say 15 years for felonies. But I imagine the legislature in Kentucky figured, if someone has committed a serious enough crime, what does time have to do with it?"

Kentucky is one of 11 states that has no time limit for the prosecution of most sexual against children.

Trooper Holder says in rape cases where a crime isn't reported until many years later, it can make it difficult to make a case against the accused.

"When you're talking about something that's 20 years old you're going to get into problems with witnesses and he said/she said."

Trooper Holder says in cases where that happens the jury is then left to decide which side is the most credible when the case goes to court.

The statute of limitations on misdemeanors in Kentucky is one year. Meaning, if a misdemeanor crime is committed police have one year to make an arrest, after that the statute of limitation runs out. Examples of misdemeanors may include: petty theft, simple assault, trespassing or vandalism.

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