The answer depends on who you want to sue. Generally, to file suit against a governmental entity (i.e. the police dept.) you must first file a claim within 6 months. As to claims against others, the statute of limitations for certain claims are 1 year and others can be 3 or more years. It just depends on who you want to sue and what your potential claims may be.
You indicated that you have a lawyer. Ask him/her, that what you have a lawyer for. No attorney here is going to tell you what kind of plea deal to accept.
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There are many issues that needs to be considered. First and foremost in certain cases if you plea guilty , that would prevent you from seeking law suit against certain parties. Discuss this with the attorney that knows your case.