Q: How long does someone have to file assault charges after the incident occurs?
Assuming you mean criminal charges, it would depend if it was a felony or misdemeanor. The statute of limitations on a misdemeanor is one year; the statute on a felony is 7 years. If there was a weapon involved or serious injury it would be filed as a felony; however, usually if the police are not involved fairly soon after the incident charges will not be filed.
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