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Questions tagged [statute-of-limitations]

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

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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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Received a letter of notice of over-payment from two years ago

Today I received a letter stating I was over-payed back in 2015, and they want me to pay back the amount I was over-paid. They had contacted me back in 2015 and I sent a letter asking for proof of ...
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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 statute of limitations 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 limitations for discrepancies in court documents?

I was charged in a plea deal where I was offered a (PC 496) vs (PC 459). I have official court documents to support the these claims. After serving my sentence, I noticed the discrepancy in my ...
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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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Made partial to landscaper last spring?

I live in Missouri. I met with a landscaper last spring, he gave me a price of $3700 to do some work about 9 months ago. The company didn't have time to do this work or couldn't fit it in or whatever ...
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Does a criminal complaint filled under an alias toll the statue of limitations of an offense?

Generally, aside from murder, many criminal statues prohibit the filling of criminal charges after a certain amount of time has passed. For the purposes of this question, assume the police do not ...
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How does the statute of limitations on defamation work?

My understanding is that defamation has a very short window for a lawsuit, like one year. So suppose a libelous statement was published in a widely circulated journal, call it the New York Times, and ...