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Possible Elimination of Time Limits on Sexual Abuse Suits in NJ

Possible Elimination of Time Limits on Sexual Abuse Suits in NJ

A bill pending in NJ, A-2405, would eliminate the statute of limitations on sexual-abuse lawsuits. The current statutes call for the filing of a lawsuit within 2 years of the abuse or, if the victim is a minor, 2 years after the victim reaches the age of majority. If passed, this bill would open the possibility of bringing their abusers to justice for many for whom this possibility has long ago ended. This expansion of opportunity could serve as an additional deterrent to those who would choose to commit such crimes believing they would escape prosecution under the current statute. For those who have committed such offenses over 2 years ago and believed they had escaped prosecution, this may re-open the possibility of prosecution. Although the bill has not yet passed, it is likely this will cover past crimes as well as crimes not yet committed. This blog is for informational purposes only and in no way intended to replace the advice of an attorney regarding your specific matter. If you are charged with a crime, you should consult an experienced criminal law attorney immediately in order to protect your rights. For more information on Megan’s law, sex-crimes, endangering the welfare of a minor or other criminal law matters in New Jersey visit HeatherDarlingLawyer.com.

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