statute of limitations

The statute of limitations does not preclude the State from prosecuting an individual just because “X number of years” has passed since the date of the alleged offense. I start with that, because as a practicing criminal defense attorney, I find that people think that’s what it means.

The statute of limitations merely requires the State

Texas Code of Criminal Procedure Article 12.05

Article 12.05. Absence From State and Time of Pendency of Indictment, etc., Not Computed

(a) The time during which the accused is absent from the state shall not be computed in the period of limitation.

(b) The time during the pendency of an indictment, information, or complaint shall not

Texas Code of Criminal Procedure Article 12.03 Aggravated Offenses, Attempt, Conspiracy, Solicitation, Organized Criminal Activity

(a) The limitation period for criminal attempt is the same as that of the offense attempted.

(b) The limitation period for criminal conspiracy or organized criminal activity is the same as that of the most serious offense that is the object

Texas Code of Criminal Procedure Article 12.01 Felonies

Except as provided in Article 12.03, felony indictments may be presented within these limits, and not afterward:

(1) no limitation:

(A) murder and manslaughter;

(B) sexual assault, if during the investigation of the offense biological matter is collected and subjected to forensic DNA testing and the testing results show