It sounds like all you were doing was trying to help someone in need, and you got stabbed in the back for doing so. It is terrible to be accused of any crime, but to be accused of a sexual assault that didn't occur is HORRID!
In the law, there is something called a "statute of limitations
." It applies to both civil and criminal cases. The term "statute of limitations" is the legally prescribed time limit in which a lawsuit must be filed. Statutes of limitation differ depending on the type of legal claim and on state law. As a general rule:
- The time period begins to run on the date your claim arises or "accrues," like the day of the car accident, or when a crime is committed, and
- Once the statute of limitations has expired or "run," you can't file a lawsuit (or be prosecuted for a crime)
It sounds like the type of case you would want to file is for "malicious prosecution
." That is a civil action
that would allow you to sue the city, police, prosecutor for prosecuting you when they didn't have the legal right to do so.
In 2010 in the case of Turner v. Sanoski
, the Wisconsin Court of Appeals addressed the statute of limitations for a malicious prosecution claim arising in Douglas County. The court stated that because malicious prosecution is an intentional tort
to a person, a two year statute of limitations applies. WIS. STAT Sec. 893.57.
So, unfortunately, it is too late to file any lawsuit regarding the incident. I wish that I could have provided you with a more positive answer, but the law is clear. It would not be fair to you and would be unethical of me to give you an answer because "it is one that you want to hear."
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