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Good evening,I agree with the previous expert that while you cannot sue the government for the incarceration, if all of this happened because of false claims by a person or persons, you could potentially have a cause of action against them for damages. My concern would be that after 20 years , even if you knew where this person or persons was/were today, the statute of limitations to bring a lawsuit would have run out. However, state laws vary and you don't say what state this occurred in. If you let me know, I can tell you whether you could still bring a lawsuit.
I can appreciate you being upset at the situation, but please understand that I don't control the laws. I can only tell you what the law says. Respectfully, ***** ***** confusing a criminal statute of limitations (which murder doesn't have one) with a civil statute of limitations. Civil rights claims against government agencies generally need to be filed within 6 months of the incident. The statute of limitations for false imprisonment in California is given in section 340(c) of the California Code of Civil Procedure. A civil action for civil penalties or punitive damages claiming false imprisonment must be filed within one year. Given that this happened so long ago, although I wish I could tell you otherwise, the reality is that you if you were to file suit now, it would be dismissed for being past the statute of limitations.Furthermore, you also have to consider that officers are given broad discretion in arresting a person. They only need "probable cause" -a reasonable belief to them -that a person committed a crime to make an arrest. That makes false imprisonment/false arrest claims very difficult to prove even when the statute of limitations hasn't expired.