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Alabama Statutes of Limitations

What is the statute of limitations for your legal rights in Alabama?

Alabama Statute of Limitation

Statute of Limitation Laws in Alabama

Alabama State SealIn order to convict you of an offense or sue you for monetary gain, your crime, tort or contractual agreement must fall within a certain time-line allowed by law. An Alabama law on statute of limitations is simply that time which is allotted by the law as written by the state of Alabama within which you can be convicted or held liable for a debt.

Below is the Alabama statute of limitations listings for a number of different offenses and torts. While this list is updated regularly, often-times laws in every state get modified, repealed, amended or changed by legislation. Please consult with a qualified Alabama attorney in this and any other legal matter.

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Type of Offense Length of Statute
Any Capital Offense:No Limit
Rape:No Limit
Drug trafficking:7 Years
Forgery (felony):7 Years
Counterfeiting(felony):7 Years
Contracts:6 years; or 10 years if under seal
Injury to personal property:6 Years
Open accounts for debt collections:3 Years
Wrongful Death:2 Years
Medical Malpractice Actions:Two (2) years after date giving rise to injury, or within 6 months of the date the injury should have been discovered. In no event may a suit be filed more than 4 years after the date of the act giving rise to the injury occurred. This limitations period applies to minors over 4 years of age. However, in the case of a minor under 4 years of age, that minor has until his or her 8th birthday to file a medical malpractice action.
Code Section § 6-5-482
Oral Agreements:4 Years
Fraud:2 years from when the fraud was or reasonably should have been discovered.
Intentional Torts:2 Years
Libel | Slander | Defamation:2 Years
Personal Injury Actions:2 years from the date of injury
Rules for Minors:Limitation period begins to run on the minors 19th birthday, except in cases of medical malpractice or wrongful death
Products Liability Actions:Within 1 year of the date the injury occurred. Or if the injury is not discovered within that time, the plaintiff has within 1 year to file a law suit
Complete Alabama criminal revised statute of limitations can be found on the Alabama Criminal Statute of Limitations page.
Disclaimer: Statute of Limitation laws in every state get modified, repealed, amended, and/or changed by the legislature of that states jurisdiction. The authors and webmaster of StatuteofLimitation.info have made every effort to post the most current laws. Please use this site as a general reference and for comparison purposes. Do not substitute any information from this site for advice you would get from a qualified legal professional

Alabama Fair Debt Collection Practices Act

In order for an Alabama debt collector or debt buyer to sue you to collect a debt they have to do that within the time limits that the state of Alabama law requires. This is what is known as the statute of limitations. If they sue you outside of that statute of limitations then that may violate the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act. Even threatening to sue you beyond the statute of limitations can also be considered a Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) violation.

If you are dealing with an unscrupulous Alabama debt collector that is threatening you with a lawsuit, whether verbal or written, for an old debt, then you need to look at the Alabama statute of limitations if that debt collector has a potential case against you or has potentially violated the FDCP Act.