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My ex (was current bf at the time)stole my wallet without my

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my ex (was current bf at the time)stole my wallet without my knowledge, took my license and registered a car in my name, had an accident and ran away from the scene. In order for me to restore my license its going to costs me 10,000. Is there anything I can do to go after him
Submitted: 8 months ago.
Category: Legal
Expert:  Ely replied 8 months ago.

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I am sorry to hear about this. Please tell me:

1) When did all this happen?

2) What state is this in?

3) At the time, did you file a criminal complaint against him for doing this?

This is not an answer, but an information request. I need this information to answer your question. Please reply, so I can answer your question. Thank you in advance.

Customer: replied 8 months ago.
This happened in 2003, NJ.....I did not, He went missing and I was forced to make some payments to get my license back at the time. Over the years I had to stop payments on the judgements because I could not afford them, so my license is currently suspended again and has been since about 2009/2010. I now would like to get it back again but the judgements are so heavy and I dnt feel as though I should have to pay for something I truly did not do. By the way his name just surfaced across my FB feed and this infuriated me.
Expert:  Ely replied 8 months ago.

Thank you or your reply.

On this website I do not always get to give good news, and I am afraid that this is one of these times.

Normally, I would say that someone in your situation would have a civil case against him for the hardship he's caused. The issue here is statute of limitations which is the length of time someone has to file a case. Fraud is six years per N.J. Stat. § 2A:14-1. That can be extended but only to the time that one found out about the fraud, or reasonably should have (which is still more than 6 years ago based on the facts you told me). As such, it seems to late to file a civil case, arguably.

The same applies to criminal statutes where 7 years is the most that the prosecutor can take to charge someone like him for such offenses unless he was living out of state for some of that time.

So likely the statute of limitations block action in such a scenario.

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