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Can someone press assault charges after the fact The police

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Can someone press assault charges after the fact? The police were involved and no charges were made at that time.
Submitted: 6 years ago.
Category: Criminal Law
Expert:  Zoey_ JD replied 6 years ago.

Yes, you can file charges after the fact. It might be tougher to prove, but that doesn't mean that a complainant isn't entitled to have the state try if he was a victim of a crime.

For a NJ misdemeanor, charges would have to be brought within a year or it would be barred by the state's statute of limitations. For a felony, the complainant would have up to 5 years to press charges.

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