My question involves criminal law for the state of: North Carolina
I have looked up what the statute of limitations is in my state: It's two years unless it is a "malicious misdemeanor" (or a felony).
I am currently in a custody suit with my ex. He basically kidnapped my youngest child from me and moved her out of state. He also has one other conviction for assault on a female, as well as a few arrests. He is continuing to push me around financially, and I've filed a motion for the civil court to hear a tape recording, approx 18 minutes long, of this man verbally both of our children and me, and physically abusing my son and me.
At the time, still being in this awful domestic situation and my children insisting that I not call the police (they'd been coached), I did not call the police. His financial threats were always too scary and real.
I recorded him because of the threats to take my children away from me. This tape is just under two years old.
So I have two questions:
1. If this is played at a motion in civil court, can that judge then issue a warrant for his arrest, based on hearing the indisputable evidence on this recording? I;m wondering if that is the case, because he just now started his new round of financial bullying (he's already taken everything from me, except my car and phone, but said today they will go next month). I'm wondering if his attorney has told him that he could face criminal charges based on the tape in civil court.
2. I honestly don't know if I could do it, but would a DA press charges, based on this incident, if I went to them, palyed this recording and told them what he did that night?
Remember now, this is domestic violence. This man already has one conviction. And the recording is absolutely harrowing, what he did to us, how he scared my children, how he pushed me around, used his voice, and threatened to harm himself in order to keep me from leaving with that tape. I'm just wondering with the current climate about DV if a prosecutor would want this.
And what effect would his not living in this state anymore have?
Also, I am **assumming** that malicious misdemeanor would include domestic violence; it's pretty malicious.
I do not have an attorney for the custody suit, but he does. He's got money, but I don't. And he has taken my child and gotten away with it. I need to level this playing field.
Thanks in advance for any information.