Skip to main content

Primary tabs

Criminal Resource Manual

657. Tolling of Statute of Limitations

The running of statutes of limitations is tolled during periods of fugitivity. 18 U.S.C. § 3290. Physical absence from the jurisdiction is not required to trigger this tolling provision. See United States v. Singleton, 702 F.2d 1159 (D.C.Cir. 1983); United States v. Wazney, 529 F.2d 1287 (9th Cir. 1976).

The running of a statute of limitations may also be tolled, on application of the United States, during the pendency of an official request to a foreign court or authority to obtain evidence located in a foreign country. See 18 U.S.C. § 3292.

[cited in USAM 9-18.000]