Statute Of limitations


Is there a statue of limitations for sex offense in Maryland.

Statute of Limitations

Maryland Criminal Prosecutions

Citation: Courts & Judicial Pro. Code § 5-106

Generally, the statute of limitations for a misdemeanor is a period within 1 year after commission of the offense.

For felony offenses please check with the District Attorney's office in your area. The statute of limitations is not clearly defined in the information available to us. This could mean the laws are under review for revisions.

Maryland Civil Actions

Citation: Courts & Judicial Pro. Code §§ 5-101; 5-117; 5-201

  • The statute of limitations for filing a claim for sexual abuse, where the victim is a minor, extends for a period within 7 years after the victim reaches 18 years of age.
  • The statute of limitations will not begin for a victim who is a minor until he or she reaches 18 years of age, unless the statute of limitations has more than 3 years to run once the victim reaches 18 years of age.
  • Generally, the statute of limitations for filing a civil claim is a period within 3 years after the cause of action arises.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Sat, 08/18/2012 - 06:36.

Two children wrestling one 16 the other 13 maybe 14 in maryland. The parents want to press charges 7 years later. What charges can they present? The 13 maybe 14 year old says there was innapropriate touching.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Thu, 04/26/2012 - 07:21.

I am a 32 yr old woman, when I was 14 old I met a 34-35 yr old man that use to give us alcohol and marijuanna. He would get me to perform oral sex and gradually led into a full fledged relationship that last until I was 22. I never had a childhood, I was quickly ushered into an adult lifestyle. We share a daughter that is now 13. He tries to hide her as our relationship from the past. Is there anything that I can do, now?

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Thu, 01/26/2012 - 08:14.

im a freshman in highschool. the captain of the football team came up to me one day after soccer practice and asked if he could drive me home.. he said that he lived right down the road from me and since i was new here i couldnt resist. he started driving and i soon realized he was going the wrong way. i asked where he was going and he said he had to get something first. he stopped at a rite aid and told me to wait in the car. by this time it was getting dark out and when he came back he just had a bag with a box in it. he then drove to the abandoned mall parking lot and proceeded to take off my clothes. i kept saying no but he forced himself upon me. he raped me and i just layed there. he ignores me in school now. he was 18 and im 14. is there anything i can do about this? its only been a couple months but the memory haunts me.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Sun, 10/10/2010 - 07:48.

I have a friend who plead out to a charge of sexual solicitation of a minor(3-324). He was incarcerated for 10 months, during which time he was on work release. He then got 9 months on home confinement with six years probation and 10 years registry on Megans list. Here's the thing, he received a letter from the state of Maryland, where he resides, stating that now his registry would be for 20+ years. My question is how is this possible? I am a law student who was taught that when new laws are put in place they only apply to new offenders. He obviously isn't a new offender. Set aside that fact that his probationary status is overcompliance and has attended voluntary counseling, how is this right or legal? Is there anyway possible for him to fight this? Please provide any help you can on this matter as it is causing severe stress to all involved. Thank you

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Wed, 07/21/2010 - 14:15.

a person was date raped and it was recored. It happened in September of 2003. She did not come forward because she did not know until she was told by someone who seen the assult. Then when she did find out she told the police and they did nothing. She also told the police that they had threatedn her daughter. What can she do.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Mon, 07/19/2010 - 18:54.

I work in a grecory store at night shift.A lady who is our regular coustomer (she works as dancer some where in night club)used to come mostly in night after bar closed with druk.some time she used to come holding by some other people becuse of drunk and even had couple of times threw up in our bathroom.some times i had agruments with her.
one night she came to my store about 3:00 AM with consumtion of alcohal but not drunk like she used to be.she asked me to find the hotel ph no from the phone book becuse she was drunk and she could not find and I did it ( but she never call that no),again she pulled me towards her to show the cat under my car which was parked outside the store ,but could not see then she hold me and tried to show the cat.
while she was going out she huged me and ask me to use my phone (she had her cell phone with her becuse she had used it ) .i refused to give her my phone.she walked out .
after about 30 minutes a police officer came to me and said that i pulled her arms and catch her brest.And police officer took my all information I am new to this country I don know what to do pls help me.

Submitted by MARANDA (not verified) on Sun, 04/11/2010 - 15:15.


Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Sun, 12/06/2009 - 19:04.

In maryland, a girl was sexually assaulted when she was fourteen in high school, the boy was a senior and the girl was a freshman. He raped her. What is the statute of limitations on filing for it?

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