Whether first, second, or third degree, sexual assault is a serious offense with potential significant prison time in Nebraska. A conviction may also lead to mandatory registration as a sex offender, impacting various aspects of a person’s life. Understanding the statute of limitations and timing issues is crucial for allegations and formal charges of sexual assault.
Why are Statutes of Limitations Important to Be Aware of in Sexual Assault Cases?
In many criminal cases, law enforcement is involved soon after an alleged crime occurs. However, sexual assault victims may delay reporting for various reasons. Understanding the statute of limitations is vital for individuals facing allegations, as charges could be filed regardless of how much time has passed since the alleged conduct.
What is a Statute of Limitations?
A statute of limitations sets the allowable time period to file a lawsuit in civil court or bring criminal charges after the alleged conduct. In criminal cases, the seriousness of the offense determines whether there is a statute of limitations and its duration. Some offenses have no statute of limitations, allowing charges to be filed regardless of the passage of time.
What is the Statute of Limitations for Bringing Criminal Charges of Sexual Assault in Nebraska?
Neb. Rev. Stat. § 29-110(11) states that for certain criminal offenses, including most Nebraska Sexual Assault offenses, there are no time limitations for bringing criminal charges. This means charges can be filed regardless of how much time has passed since the alleged offense. However, an exception exists for Sexual Assault in the Third Degree when the alleged victim was 16 or older at the time, which must be charged within 18 months.
If your case doesn’t fall within this exception, there may be no statute of limitations, and charges could be filed at any time. Without a statute of limitations, a sexual assault accusation could linger for an indefinite period before progressing to formal criminal charges.
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What Do I Do and Who Do I Contact if I’m Being Accused of Criminal Charges of Sexual Assault in Nebraska?
If you are under investigation, facing an allegation, or currently charged with sexual assault, contact our team of sexual assault defense attorneys at Berry Law to discuss protecting your rights. With over 50 years of experience, our attorneys can guide you through the complexities of sexual assault cases, ensuring the best possible defense against the charges you are facing.