2019 US Virgin Islands Code
Title 5 - Judicial Procedure
Subtitle 3 - Criminal Procedure
Part I - Procedure Generally
Chapter 303 - Limitation of Actions
§ 3541. Time of commencement of criminal action

  • (a) A criminal action shall be commenced within the following periods:

    • (1) For murder, felony child abuse, felony child neglect, any felony sexual offense perpetrated against a victim, human trafficking, embezzlement of public moneys, and the falsification of public records, there is no limitation of the time within which a prosecution shall be commenced.

    • (2) For any felony other than specified above, action shall be commenced with three years after its commission.

    • (3) For any misdemeanor, action shall be commenced within one year after its commission.

  • (b) If the defendant is out of the Virgin Islands when the offense is committed, the information may be filed within the term herein limited after his coming within the Virgin Islands, and no time during which the defendant is not an inhabitant of, or usually resident within, the Virgin Islands is a part of the limitation.

  • (c) Nothing in this section extends to persons fleeing from justice.

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