Pregnancy and Alcohol

Limitations on Criminal Prosecution

Laws addressing the use of medical test results, such as prenatal screenings or toxicology tests, as evidence in the criminal prosecution of women who may have caused harm to a fetus or a child.

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Timeline of changes for Limitations on Criminal Prosecution
AlabamaNo Change
AlaskaNo Change
ArizonaNo Change
ArkansasNo Change
CaliforniaNo Change
  • Jurisdiction: Colorado
  • Effective Date of Change: 3/9/2012
  • Change: Limitation on criminal prosecution adopted
  • Details
ConnecticutNo Change
DelawareNo Change
District of ColumbiaNo Change
  • Jurisdiction: Florida
  • Effective Date of Change: 7/1/1998
  • Change: Limitation on criminal prosecution eliminated
  • Details
  • Jurisdiction: Florida
  • Effective Date of Change: 10/1/1996
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GeorgiaNo Change
HawaiiNo Change
IdahoNo Change
IllinoisNo Change
IndianaNo Change
IowaNo Change
  • Jurisdiction: Kansas
  • Effective Date of Change: 1/1/1993
  • Change:
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  • Jurisdiction: Kentucky
  • Effective Date of Change: 7/13/1992
  • Change:
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  • Jurisdiction: Louisiana
  • Effective Date of Change: 8/15/2007
  • Change: Limitation on criminal prosecution adopted
  • Details
MaineNo Change
MarylandNo Change
MassachusettsNo Change
MichiganNo Change
MinnesotaNo Change
MississippiNo Change
  • Jurisdiction: Missouri
  • Effective Date of Change: 7/1/1992
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MontanaNo Change
NebraskaNo Change
  • Jurisdiction: Nevada
  • Effective Date of Change: 10/1/1999
  • Change: Limitation on criminal prosecution adopted
  • Details
New HampshireNo Change
New JerseyNo Change
New MexicoNo Change
New YorkNo Change
North CarolinaNo Change
North DakotaNo Change
OhioNo Change
OklahomaNo Change
OregonNo Change
PennsylvaniaNo Change
Rhode IslandNo Change
South CarolinaNo Change
South DakotaNo Change
TennesseeNo Change
TexasNo Change
UtahNo Change
VermontNo Change
  • Jurisdiction: Virginia
  • Effective Date of Change: 7/1/1992
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WashingtonNo Change
West VirginiaNo Change
WisconsinNo Change
WyomingNo Change
United StatesNo Change