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What is the statute of limitations for false imprisonment in the state of NY?

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For a misdemeanor prosecution must be commenced within 2 years after the commission thereof; 5 years for a felony (other than a class A felony). Once the prosecution is commenced, misdemeanor defendant must be brought to trial within 90 days, 6 month for a felony (excluding murder) but many exclusions stop the clock.


The statute of limitations for you to sue would be one year pursuant to N.Y. C.P.L.R. § 215(3). Depending on the facts, the limitation period may have tolled and so you should contact an attorney to discuss the specific facts of your case. I note that my colleague provided you with the statute of limitation for criminal prosecution and I agree with his answer with respect thereto.

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I assume you mean civil. If you want to sue the city/police you need to serve a notice of claim within 90 days of the arrest (its actually 90 from release from custody) and the statute of limitations is one year and 90 days although it is best to file within 1 year, which is the statute of limitations for a private person. There is also a 3 year statute of limitations under federal law and it does not require a notice if claim. I handle these cases.

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Tatiana Neroni

Tatiana Neroni


Only under federal law, to qualify for the 3-year statute of limitations, the lawsuit will be not for "false imprisonment", but under 42 U.S.C. 1983 for an unreasonable seizure in violation of the 4th amendment.

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