Today the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences announced that Will Smith would not be allowed to attend the Academy Awards for the next ten years due to his slapping comedian Chris Rock on stage during this year’s Oscar ceremony. In a statement provided to CNN, Will Smith responded to the Academy’s decision stating, “I accept and respect the Academy’s decision.”
What does this mean for criminal charges?
The State of California has a statute of limitations (SOL)whichrefers to the maximum period of time for a prosecutor to file criminal charges. If a prosecutor files charges after the limitations period expires, the charges typically get dropped. According to Penal Code 802, if a person commits an assault or battery, and the crime is charged as a misdemeanor, the statute of limitations isone year. Will Chris Rock change his mind about pressing charges? Will the Oscars encourage Chris Rock to press charges?
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