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What are they alleging was done to the second child? How old were they at the time?
I'm here, please be patient as I have to research issues and may be working with more than one person at a time.
No problem. I can imagine you're anxious about this.
You absolutely do not want to go in and give a statement without a lawyer representing you.
The statute of limitations (SOL) has changed repeatedly over the years. You will want the lawyer to look carefully at it because if the SOL has ever expired then they can't restart it by changing the law.
They can't violate you for something that happened before you were on parole.
It depends on how far it goes. They won't charge much just to sit with you for the interview, although they may tell you not to give a statement at all, and the research won't take more than a few hours.
If they charge you then it gets much more expensive, of course.
There is no statute of limitations now but there was at one time. Over the years it has changed repeatedly. If you happened to be lucky enough or the statute of limitations to have expired on the charge before the new law kicked in and extended it then it can never be restarted.
Who did you try to give you statement to?
Twenty or so years ago there was a statute of limitations, I just don't remember what it was or when it changed.
I'm not in Houston and the experts here can't take cases from customers of the website anyway. It's forbidden by our agreement with the website.
The new SOL laws are retroactive but not if the SOL has expired. Once it expires if you haven't been charged then they can't charge you even if they change the law. However, if hey change the law before it expires then they can still charge you. It is very confusing to a layman and lawyer have to sit down with the laws and draw a chart, normally, to determine when the SOL has expired.
Not exactly. Hire a lawyer and follow their advice. I, personally only let clients give statements in maybe 5% of the cases. However, some lawyers like for their clients to give statements so long as they are there to watch over what happens, explain what the questions mean or ask the police to explain what they mean, etc.
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Unfortunately, I don't have all of those statutes. What you have to do is go back through each year of the codes and look to see what it says and when it changed. to do that you either have to keep all of your old statutes, which most of us don't, or you have to go to a law library and dig though their old copies. Like most people to save on space I throw away copies after a year or two.
Otherwise my library would be bigger than my office. The paid services I use don't have the old statutes either as far as I know.
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I am going to opt out. Your question was can they wait for 25 years to decide to possibly prosecute you, and I answered that. Now you're asking about the possible statute of limitations which requires extensive research. I answered your original question plus additional ones.