Can I sue somebody who was convicted of murder? 10+ years later?

I have an immediate family member who was murdered first degree. Although the defendant is sitting life with no parole is it possible to sue for the pain I’ve had to live with?

Update:

The incident took place about 13 years ago

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  • Maxi
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    1 month ago

    What outcome do you want? Do you think suing is free and even if you want to pay legal and court costs of suing and even if you won, as the person is in prison for life you will gain nothing at all apart from a very large legal bill

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  • 2 months ago

    Ten years is probably too long, but it depends on the state.

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  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    How do you think this inmate will pay restitution?  Give you the equivalent of commissary supplies?

    • Nuff Sed
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      1 month agoReport

      Not all prisoners are required to surrender their entire net wealth upon incarceration or during incarceration.

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  • 2 months ago

    Sure. As a life sentence inmate they have no money to give you, so it's entirely pointless, but sure, you could sue for wrongful death.

    • Nuff Sed
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      1 month agoReport

      Why would an inmate automatically become destitute for the rest of his life?

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  • Tavy
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    2 months ago

    You think suing is free ? free legal advice, free Court time ?  How much money do you have to throw away and get nothing back?

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  • xyzzy
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    2 months ago

    It is possible to sue them for a wrongful death, but if they are in prison they will have little if any assets so you will spend money and receive nothing back.

    • Nuff Sed
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      1 month agoReport

      There are millionaires currently in prison.

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  • 2 months ago

    How can you sue for damages when the person is incarcerated, has no income or assets? Statute of limitations on a suit may be long past, too.

    • Nuff Sed
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      1 month agoReport

      Being "in prison" doesn't mean "no income or assets".

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  • Kieth
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    2 months ago

    What are you going to sue him for? Ten cartons of cigarettes?

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    • Kieth
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      1 month agoReport

      Millionaires don't get sent to a regular prison, they go into protective custody. Their attorneys know that they can file an eighth amendment violation if their client gets raped in prison.

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  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    Civil suits abide by statutes of limitations just like crimes do.  You had a 5 year window to sue from the date of the conviction. 

    • Nuff Sed
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      1 month agoReport

      True, although the statutes of limitation in most states are 1 to 3 years and start to run when the death occurs, assuming the suspect has not fled the jurisdiction, or other exceptions that suspend the time.

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