When a crime is committed, there is a window of time that a state has to charge the perpetrator. The laws that determine this time frame are called criminal statutes of limitations. As high-profile cases of sexual violence continue to make headlines—and as survivors seek to report crimes—it can help to have a better understanding of these laws and how they vary. Each state has statutes of limitations that determine the amount of time the state has to charge someone with a crime.
Across the country, time-limiting laws prevent scores of sexual assault cases from being prosecuted, in spite of persuasive evidence or a confession. Donna Palomba in May By Ruth Padawer. A round 1 a.
Most crimes by law cannot be prosecuted if a certain period of time has elapsed between the time of the incident and the time the victim reports the incident. For third- and fourth-degree sexual assault, the statute of limitations is 10 years. Sexual assault is a serious crime that is aggressively prosecuted in the District of Columbia.
If you work in New York City, you can file a discrimination claim in state court or three different agencies. The agencies have a work-sharing agreement, so you do not need to file separate claims with each agency. It is sufficient to indicate to one of the agencies that you want the claim to be cross-filed with the others. However, federal, state , and local laws have different rules about how long you have to sue for sexual harassment.