Legislature mulls extending statute of limitations in crimes against minors
Rep. Jay Fant

Jay Fant

A legal loophole that may have allowed some criminals against minors to escape prosecution may be closed soon.

House Bill 791, filed by Jacksonville Republican Jay Fant, would extend statute of limitations periods for kidnapping & false imprisonment of minors under a certain age.

For those abducting and holding hostage young people under the age of 13, the statute of limitations would never run out on the alleged perpetrator.

For those perpetrating such crimes on a minor between 13 and 17 years old, time wouldn’t calculate under the statute of limitations until the victim turns 18 years old or the victim has his or her liberty back.

The Fant bill is predicated on a simple principle: for such life-altering crimes against society’s most defenseless victims, justice demands proper time for them to secure recourse.

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has written for FloridaPolitics.com since 2014. He is based in Northeast Florida. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter: @AGGancarski



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