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assult and battery on a handicap person and senior citizen 2003 in massachuetts
trying to find out what my rights are to filing charges for to counts and propisition of sex 1995
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Thank you for the opportunity to assist you. I'm sorry I have to bring you bad news.
The first issue you have to consider is the statute of limitations. That is a law the requires filing of criminal charges or a civil law suit within a certain amount of time after the alleged wrongful act occurred. If criminal charges or a civil lawsuit are NOT filed within the prescribed amount of time, the charges or lawsuit is forever barred and cannot be brought.
Assault and battery is generally a misdemeanor. In MA, the statute of limitations to charge someone with a misdemeanor is 6 years. So, if the charges are not filed within 6 years of the offense, they are forever barred and cannot be brought later. Although there are some limited exceptions to the statute of limitations rule, the statute for assault and battery ran out in 2009.
Propositioning someone for sex may be offensive, immoral, or indecent, but it's not a crime. Soliciting sex - asking someone to have sex or sexual contact in exchange for money - IS a crime. Nonetheless, criminal solicitation (like assault and battery) is a misdemeanor in most cases, which has a 6 year statute of limitations. Thus, the time for filing charges ran out in 2001.
As far as suing someone in civil court for these matters, the statute of limitations also ran out after three years - in 1998 and 2006, respectively.
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