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Statutes of Limitations

The criminal statute of limitations refers to the time limit the prosecutor/state's attorney has to file criminal charges against the perpetrator in a sexual assault/abuse case. Local rape crisis center advocates can answer questions from sexual assault victims regarding the statute of limitations. The charts below provide an outline of the process.
Illinois Sex Crimes Statutes of Limitations Chart

This handout includes flowcharts for applying criminal statutes of limitations for sex crimes cases involving child victims and adult victims. For more information about applying the statutes of limitations, charging and sentencing older sex crimes, please see Statute of Limitations Guide: Prosecuting Older Sex Crimes Cases.

Illinois Sex Crimes Statutes of Limitations Guide

This Guide addresses changes in the statutes of limitations related specifically to sex crimes and also addresses changes in the most frequently charged sex crimes (criminal sexual assault, aggravated criminal sexual assault, predatory criminal sexual assault, criminal sexual abuse and aggravated criminal sexual abuse). Because of the unlikelihood that any cases occurring prior to July 1, 1984, would still be prosecuted, this Guide addresses only the crimes that were created with the legislation that took effect on July 1, 1984.

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