Jacksonville, FL asked in Personal Injury for Florida

Q: If someone assaulted you a long time ago at a club can you still press charges

Wackos gentleman's club I called cops but didn't get to talk to them it was probably 5 years ago

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Charles M.  Baron
Charles M. Baron
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  • Hollywood, FL
  • Licensed in Florida

A: There is a statute of limitations for almost every crime, as well as for every civil cause of action (meaning grounds for lawsuits). I cannot give you a legal opinion in this forum on whether you are beyond the limitations deadline at this point, but you are probably beyond it. See Fla. Statutes Section 775.15 for criminal deadlines and Section 95.11 for civil, which you can easily find on online.

Chelsie Marie Lamie
Chelsie Marie Lamie
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  • Clearwater, FL
  • Licensed in Florida

A: I'm really sorry that this happened to you. A great deal of my practice is negligent security cases, which includes physical assault, shootings and rape/sexual assault or molestation at a business (hotel, massage center, clubs, parking lots, etc.). Under normal circumstances, you have 4 (four) years from the date of the incident to file a lawsuit to preserve your statute of limitations. You should immediately retain a lawyer to evaluate whether or not you can still file suit and if so, to actually file suit to preserve your claim. Timely reporting of the crime, timely notice to the potential defendants and hiring an attorney to immediately attempt to preserve any witness testimony and physical evidence is so important in these types of cases. I wish you well!

Adam David Rieth
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Adam David Rieth
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  • Tampa, FL
  • Licensed in Florida

A: If you want to pursue a claim, you should immediately contact an experienced negligent security attorney. The statute of limitations ("SOL") for what you're describing is generally 4 years; however, more information is necessary to see if the SOL has past. In short, I'd reach out to an experienced attorney as soon as possible if you think you want to bring a claim.

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