A. First, it is important to understand which type of limitations period we are talking about:
For many reasons, these are important and sometimes difficult to questions to answer that should be discussed in detail with an experienced criminal defense attorney. A careful review of the specific crime charged, and its penalties, whether the identity of the offender is known, the age of the victim, whether the relationship or status involved has as ceased to exist, and other facts can affect the answer to this question.
It is also important to understand, that the limitations period applicable to the crime charged may be suspended or interrupted. So, for example, the applicable limitations period is interrupted if the accused person flees from the state, is outside of the state, or absent from his usual place of residence for the purpose of avoiding detection, apprehension, or prosecution.
In Louisiana, some crimes have no limitations period on the institution of prosecution. For example, there is no limitations period upon the institution of prosecution for crimes punishable by death or life imprisonment, such as murder, or for the crimes of forcible rape or second degree rape. The limitations period upon the institution of prosecution for certain sex crimes is thirty (30) years.
Generally, and except as otherwise provided by law, no person shall be shall be prosecuted, tried, or punished for an offense which is not punishable by death or life imprisonment unless the prosecution is instituted within the following periods of time after the offense has been committed:
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