How long does a person have to report domestic violence?l

Got into an altercation with my girlfriend and she waited until the following day to make a report.

Asked on August 17, 2012 under Criminal Law, California


Cameron Norris, Esq. / Law Office of Gary W. Norris

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

The statute of limitations is the period in which a peron (through the civil process) or the state/DA/Police (through the criminal process) can bring a legal action against you.  California Code of Civil Procedure 335.1 states that assault or battery actions can be brought within two years of the offense.

So, yes she can wait until the following day to make a report.  She could have waited a year and 364 days.  She can also still apply for a domestic violence restraining order.  That domestic violence restraining order could keep you from seeing her, calling her, force you to pay her legal costs, force you to leave a joint living situation, or even make you pay certain debts you have together. 

Watch the temper and Best of luck.

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