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Texas Statutes of Limitations

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

Texas Statute of Limitation

Statute of Limitation Laws in Texas

Texas 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 Texas law on statute of limitations is simply that time which is allotted by the law as written by the state of Texas within which you can be convicted or held liable for a debt.

Below is the Texas 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 While this list is updated regularly, often-times laws in every state get modified, repealed, amended or changed by legislation.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 Texas attorney in this and any other legal matter.

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Type of Offense Length of Statute
Any Capital Offense:No Limit
Rape:10 Years
Forgery | Counterfeiting (felonies):10 Years
Burglary | Grand Theft (felonies):5 Years
Contracts | Promissory Notes:4 years
Open Accounts for Debt Collections:4 Years
Oral Agreements:4 Years
Fraud:4 years from when the fraud was or reasonably should have been discovered.
Injury to Personal Property:2 Years
Wrongful Death:2 Years
Medical Malpractice Actions:The statute of limitations for a medical malpractice suit in Texas must be brought before the court within two (2) years of the act or lack of treatment that caused injury or death. If the patient is a minor under the age of twelve, action must be taken by the child's 14th birthday.
Code Section § 74.251(a)
Personal Injury Actions:2 years from the date of injury
Rules for Minors:Limitation period begins to run on the minors 18th birthday, except in cases of medical malpractice or wrongful death
Products Liability Actions:Within 2 year of the date the injury occurred.
Intentional Torts:1 Years
Libel | Slander | Defamation:1 Years
Complete Texas criminal revised statute of limitations can be found on the Texas 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Disclaimer: Statute of Limitation laws in every state get modified, repealed, amended, and/or changed by the legislature of that states jurisdiction.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

Texas Fair Debt Collection Practices Act

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

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