What is the statute of limitations for filing stalking, harassment, and trespassing charges in Texas. Do I need a police report?

Asked almost 2 years ago - Arlington, TX

I have been involved in a huge legal scandal with a former co worker who has sought to destroy my life because I called off a brief romance against her. She got me fired at work after defaming me, saying I attacked her and left a deep and growing gash in my finances. Cases are still pending, but I won the protective order case she had against me after my neighbor testified that he seen her multiple times showing up at my residence unannounced and my friends who also testified that she contacted them trying to convince them to talk to me and admitting to sending me 50+ calls and over 100+ texts on multiple occasions. All this was before her allegations and I also admitted proof of all those hundreds of texts into evidence, which helped me win the protective order case she filed.

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  1. Richard Kurt Arbuckle

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    Contributor Level 18

    Answered . Let me try and sort this out for you, briefly. Stalking and terroristic threat are crimes, so you notify the police and they take it from there. You can cooperate with the police and DA, but you do not control the case.
    If the person has come on your property and caused damage or has otherwise hurt you, you can sue for damages. This can be for several different things depending on what applies. It could be assault, defamation, conversion, etc. Defamation has a statute of limitations of one year. Most other kinds of case have two or four year statutes of limitation.
    If you want to file a civil suit for damages, you should consult with and attorney imediately.

    This is not legal advice. You should always discuss the specifics of your issue in person with an attorney. Be... more

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