Florida Senate - 2019 SB 130 By Senator Stewart 13-00249-19 2019130__ 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to the sexual battery prosecution time 3 limitation; amending s. 775.15, F.S.; creating an 4 exception to the general time limitations which allows 5 a prosecution to be commenced at any time for 6 specified sexual battery offenses against victims 7 younger than a certain age at the time the offense was 8 committed; providing applicability; providing an 9 effective date. 10 11 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 12 13 Section 1. Subsection (20) is added to section 775.15, 14 Florida Statutes, and subsection (2) of that section is 15 republished, to read: 16 775.15 Time limitations; general time limitations; 17 exceptions.— 18 (2) Except as otherwise provided in this section, 19 prosecutions for other offenses are subject to the following 20 periods of limitation: 21 (a) A prosecution for a felony of the first degree must be 22 commenced within 4 years after it is committed. 23 (b) A prosecution for any other felony must be commenced 24 within 3 years after it is committed. 25 (c) A prosecution for a misdemeanor of the first degree 26 must be commenced within 2 years after it is committed. 27 (d) A prosecution for a misdemeanor of the second degree or 28 a noncriminal violation must be commenced within 1 year after it 29 is committed. 30 (20) If a victim is younger than 18 years of age at the 31 time the offense was committed, a prosecution for a violation of 32 s. 794.011 may be commenced at any time. This subsection applies 33 to an offense that is not otherwise barred from prosecution on 34 or before July 1, 2019. 35 Section 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2019.