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Absolutely you can use that information. If she has an STD and he is the only person with whom she has been sexually active, then the STD can be linked back to him.
As this has apparently been investigated and dismissed once, you would be wise to make sure you have everything in order. For example, once you get the medical reports, be sure to review them thoroughly for incriminating evidence. Further, if a doctor finds credible evidence of sexual abuse, he is required to report his findings to law enforcement.
If possible, it could also be helpful to have the child examined by a mental health counselor. If she has been victimized, not only would it be helpful for her, but it could also be helpful to any criminal prosecution.
Once everything is in place, you would need to contact law enforcement. The appropriate agency would be the police department local to where the abuse took place.
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You shouldn't need a lawyer, at least not at this time. If the police effectuate an arrest, then the office of the prosecuting attorney will handle everything and there would be no need to spend money on an attorney.
Thanks for your advice. We contacted the police department. now were playing the waiting game. Roughly how long do these things take?
What part of the process are you referring to when you say "these things"?
I want to see this guy behind bars. Roughly how long will it take for the detectives and prosecutors to go over the case and then do something?
I only ask because even though she's a big girl now--she is still our little girl and i'm proud of her and I wanted to be able to tell her about how long so that she'll know how long she'll have to wait before anything is done.
The length of criminal investigations can vary widely. In many cases, an arrest will be made the same day that law enforcement becomes aware of the allegations. In other cases, the investigation may continue for several years. With that in mind, I would suggest that a reasonable expectation would be for the investigation to be concluded within about
Many factors could effect the length of the investigation. These factors could include:
As you can imagine every investigation is different and the length of time will be different as well. If you are concerned, confused or just have questions, don't hesitate to contact the police department to inquire as to their progress.
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