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A statutory "clock" that determines how long after an alleged crime charges may be brought.

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What resets an old debt in the state of Texas

I just got a call from a debt collector regarding a 16 year old debt. I live in the state of Texas. They called using a number I thought might be from a job prospect. They then verified my name and ...
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Can a person who is 19 years old being accused of rape when they were a juvenile still be charged?

Can a person who is now 19 still be charged, if at age 13 they committed rape against a then 11-year-old victim? Assume that the victim didn’t come forward earlier because the perpetrator threatened ...
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Is there a statute of limitations for a Fixed Penalty Notice (FPN)?

Last November a relative was issued with an FPN for littering in Lambeth, SW London. She claims it was an accident, a tissue fell from her pocket when she took out her phone and she didn't notice. We ...
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Why were the Mueller Report's ten or so indictable Obstruction of Justice charges not pursued?

I don't ask this question to get into a political discussion, just enquiring as to the legal situation. The second volume of the Mueller Report lists ten or so possible charges of Obstruction of ...
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Is there any further aggravated designation for assault that is not based on the harm caused to the victim’s body?

Common assault can be elevated from summary only to an either way offence like actual or grievous bodily harm if the assault actually occasions actually some definite bodily harm. But are there any ...
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What is the statute of limitations for making false police reports?

Meet Alice. Alice knowingly made false reports to the police. For how long after this occurrence may this crime be reported and proceeded against Alice for?
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Why are UK celebrities not prosecuted after admitting to drug use? [duplicate]

Frequently, UK celebrities and politicians publish memoirs where they admit to breaking laws related to illegal substance use, yet they never seem to be prosecuted after openly admitting it. A recent ...
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Is it legal to intentionally wait before filing a copyright lawsuit to maximize profits?

Let's say someone uses my intellectual property without my consent and uses it for commercial purposes. Can I wait until they've made many millions of dollars off of my work, so that I can sue and ...
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Does a possible municipal code violation have to be warned about immediately and what is the standard? Can they warn you years after work is complete?

This is somewhat of a follow up to another post I made recently. If someone is building on a site newly purchased, and hires contractors / gets permits when required, and then three years later the ...
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What are the Statute of Limitations for New York City and State Human Rights Laws?

I am looking for some clarification on the Statute of Limitations for both the New York State Human Rights Law and the New York City Human Rights Law. Under Section 297 of the New York State Human ...
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Statute of limitations in the USA

I was reading this interesting article by Bruce Schneier, where he explains how a notorious hacker called Kevin Mitnick "hacked" California Law in 1983 by researching the statute of ...
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Can someone claim compensation for discrimination even if they weren't personally affected by it? [duplicate]

Dr. Bower attempted to buy and later did buy Pink IPA from Brewdog, but was not allowed to do so because he looked male. As they maintained this criterion that negatively impacted not only Dr. Bower, ...
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Are arbitration agreements subject to a 6 year statute of limitations in NJ?

Generally, breach of contract in New Jersey must be filed within six years of the date the cause of action accrues. Does this apply to enforcement of arbitration agreements?
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Computer Fraud and Abuse Act statute of limitations

I was looking into the criminal law application of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act in the United States of America. Since, to the best of my knowledge, it is a Federal crime the statute of ...
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Why is there no limitations period on indictable offences?

In England, it seems one can be charged with an indictable or either-way offence 70 years after the fact. Is it not so that in most places this is not the case? And what are the stated justifications ...
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Could an international organisation be sued in New York, if they have a presence there but the crime happened overseas?

Using sexual assault legislation as an example. New York State Senate passed the Adult Survivors Act in June 2021. This act created a one-year look back window for survivors of sex crimes who were 18 ...
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Criminal statute of limitations in Nigeria

What is the statute of limitations for criminal offences in Nigeria? I have searched online, but all I found was that the offence of rape will no longer be statute barred, and various time limits for ...
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Why is there usually a six month time limit for bringing disability discrimination actions to court?

Kester Disability Rights note in a blog post of 25 Jun (page 6) that There is usually a six month time limit to get your case to court. What provision might they be referring to and where can I read ...
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A contractor did nothing including no contact for over 90 days - can he put a lien now? [closed]

Suppose a person A had a contractor B do work on A's home that ended six months ago and then there was some followup paperwork that last had action in April. The last communication was in May. ...
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What would be the significance of a legal provision specifying a period of 12 months, rather than 1 year?

Is it just a matter of stylistic aesthetics? Could 12 months realistically ever be taken to mean anything other than what is totally synonymous with a year? The legalistic devil's advocate in me in ...
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Pre action correspondence reciprocated and "fizzled out"

B unlawfully discriminates against C on January 1. C has 6 years under the limitations act 1980 to seek remedy under the equality act 2010. On march 5 he issues B a letter before claim requesting a ...
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Where can statutes of limitations be found (according to the law's jurisdiction - Federal, State, County, City, etc...)?

The differing jurisdictions within the US have varying statues of limitations of certain laws. Where can statutes of limitations be found (according to the law's jurisdiction - Federal, State, County, ...
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Summary-only offence time limits

I was reading about Summary only offences here, focusing on the England & Wales jurisdiction, where the general rule is a six months statute of limitations. The general rule for time bars on ...
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Is there a time limit to initiating a legal complaint?

In the case of an injury that continues to affect the Plaintiff, is there some time limit for filing legal documents with a court?
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Statute of limitations tolling while a California debtor is not in the state after defaulting

In layman's terms, how exactly does Section 351 of the CCP apply to a person who defaulted on a private unsecured loan or credit card, thinking on a timeline? The creditor does have the valid phone ...
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Filing Civil Complaints at the Last Minute

I started working for a personal injury firm a few months ago and am responsible for filing civil lawsuits with the court. In most cases, we filed them right before the statute of limitations is about ...
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Defence to defamation where the alleged crime has expired

In 2010, Rob stole a bicycle from Bob. Bob did not know whodoneit. In 2020, Bob finds out that it was Rob. Bob obtains evidence sufficient to prove that beyond reasonable doubt. However, the time to ...
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Statute of limitations if law changes

Let's say the statute of limitations on wrongful death is 3 years. 5 years pass. Then, the statute of limitations is completely removed. Can the lawsuit be filed now? Does the statute permanently ...
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Statute of limitations and constant damages

Say someone builds a house improperly and damages accrue over the entire life of the house. Is the statute of limitations meaningless in these cases because it is constantly reset by the damages? Or ...
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Is the statute of limitations fairly irrelevant?

For example, say someone suffers an injury that produces a neurological condition years later. Can the statute of limitations be extended basically indefinitely, up to the point the condition occurs? ...
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Does the statute of limitations apply in the case of Tara Reade?

From this article https://www.businessinsider.com/former-biden-staffer-tara-reade-files-sexual-assault-complaint-2020-4 A woman who accused Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden of sexually ...
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Why do statutes of limitations exist?

I don't understand: why artificially create a set of deadlines before which one crime or another can be brought to the conviction stage? Why not be able to investigate and prosecute for an indefinite ...
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Quitclaim reversal in Washington state. Statue of limitations? Options? Legal recourse?

My question involves real estate located in the State of: Washington My home, has been hostilely taken over. It appears after my home was legally purchased and transferred into my name, that a ...
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Tolling the Statute of Limitations New York

I'm new and am wondering where I could find the statutes that detail the possible ways to toll the statute of limitations in New York. Also, might some of these possibilities not be in statutes but in ...
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What happens when evidence comes to light outside the Statute of Limitations period?

I suffered damage as a result of defamation, through a previous employer breaching laws against disclosure of information. I spoke to a lawyer at that time and was told my chances of success were ...
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Which state's statue of limitations for debts applies, for credit card debt?

I used to live in South Carolina, USA and lost my job. As a result I defaulted on credit card debt. I have not paid anything on it for the last year and the debts were "Charged Off", and are in ...
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Pressing charges for domestic assault

My husband (now ex husband) was arrested for domestic assault after pushing me so hard my head hit and broke a table. I didn't press charges at the time because I was afraid of him and under duress ...
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R. Kelly and Statute of Limitations

R (Robert) Kelly has recently been charged, in Chicago, with having sexually abused four females from 1998 to 2010. Three of the women were underage at the time this abuse is alleged to have occurred. ...
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Cancellation of debts in different countries

In my current jurisdiction debts are "cancelled" after ten years unless the creditor has "reminded" the debtor about the debt before that ten year period. If, however, the credit sends a reminder ...
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Lawyer forgot to file the paperwork and now has no case: what to do?

A close friend of mine had a legitimate suit against a large business. He was directly harmed, the business was caught and punished (for harming him and many other clients), and my friend joined a ...
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The five-year statute of limitations on lying to Congress

Part of the point of bringing someone before Congress is that they're forced to tell the truth or risk perjury charges. However, the charges only seem to apply if Congress can quickly dig up proof of ...
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Why is there a 'statute of limitation' for sex crimes?

As I understand it, there is no statute of limitations for murder: in contrast sex crimes (rape) have time limits to prosecute. Is there a line of reasoning to decide which classes of crime have a ...
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Can I refile a case I withdrew without prejudice many years ago?

My son was born with catastrophic injuries due to the delivery and what happened afterward I filed a suit for malpractice and withdrew without prejudice so that I could beat the deadline for the ...
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How are old allegations handled?

The current wave of sexual abuse allegations are (often) about actions that happened a LONG time ago (15+ years). I thought that, due to the long time, these crimes will be time-barred. Is this true? ...
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IN ARIZONA is there a time limit for a police officer to file a complaint or ticket they have written you

If I Have been written a criminal ticket for -Indecent Exposure-, and my stated court appearance date came and the clerk of the court said that i wasn't on the docket because they hadn't even turned ...
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If a copyright owner doesn't sue for infringing behavior, does that prevent them from suing me later?

If I'm infringing somebody's copyright on an ongoing basis, and the copyright owner knows about this but does nothing, can they still decide at some point to sue me? Or more technically, can laches ...
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How can anyone own land without theft?

People are said to own land when they purchase it from the previous owner, but if you follow the chain of ownership back far enough, there must have been a point where there was no previous owner and ...
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What is the limitation period for a violation of the Computer Misuse Act of 1990's provision(s) on phishing?

I came across a story about a twenty-something year old male who setup a fake website in order to 'phish' for usernames and passwords for a popular game. After acquiring the credentials he would then ...
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What are the statutes of limitation for civil lawsuits regarding utility bills between roommates?

Are there specific laws governing statutes of limitation for utility bills between household roommates? If not, I assume it would fall under some other existing category. Are utilities bills between ...
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Is there a Statute of Limitation for crimes such as molestation?

A girl is 17 now. She lives in Illinois. When she was 6, she was molested by her 17 year old uncle. Does the fact that this crime happened 11 years ago mean she cannot get justice? It was either in ...
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