Answering Your Questions About Sexual Abuse Cases
Sexual abuse is extremely traumatic, and the trauma can last for years and affect every aspect of the victim’s life. At Almanzar & Youngers, P.A., we believe you deserve an ally who will fight for justice while helping you care for your mental and emotional state. While our attorneys are committed to fierce, passionate representation, our goal is also to provide compassionate support to victims of sexual abuse.
We understand that relationships, power dynamics and emotional trauma all factor into your case. While the list of answers below is true in general, the answers are not tailored to your specific situation. We would be honored to answer your questions in greater detail at a free initial consultation. To schedule a time to speak with a lawyer at our offices in Santa Fe or Las Cruces, call 575-636-2057 or complete our contact form. We represent clients throughout New Mexico.
How Long Is The Statute Of Limitations?
In civil court, the statute of limitations is different for child sexual abuse than it is for other forms of personal injury. In this case, a lawsuit for damages for child sexual abuse must be brought before the victim turns 24 years of age, or within three years of finding out that a child suffered abuse.
How Is A Civil Case Different Than A Criminal One?
There are two main ways that civil and criminal cases differ. First, the burden of proof in a civil case is lower than in a criminal case. This means that you do not have to offer the same amount or kind of evidence that a criminal case requires. Second, civil cases offer personal compensation, rather than a criminal conviction, as a form of justice. This means that you can obtain monetary compensation from an abuser or an abuser’s employer. The compensation may be for mental health treatment and other damages.
Will I Have To Keep Telling People My Story?
If the case goes to trial, you will need to tell the court about your abuse, but our firm will stand with you every step of the way and keep the number of times you testify to an absolute minimum. We understand that talking about your past traumas can be a traumatic event in and of itself. We will support you and protect you throughout the process.
Will You Help Me?
Yes. Our firm understands that abuse is a deep betrayal of trust. Whether the abuser was a member of the clergy, a teacher or a community leader, that betrayal is unacceptable. Our lawyers will help you find an approach to justice that helps you gain closure and move forward with your life. Reach us today at 575-636-2057 and schedule a time to speak with us.