Fresh complaint rule

Definition of Fresh complaint rule

The fresh complaint rule provides that in certain sexual assault cases proof that the alleged victim complained of the criminal act within a reasonable time after it occurred to a person she would ordinarily turn to for help or advice is admissible to bolster the credibility of the victim. State v. Tirone, 64 N.J. 222, 314 A.2d 601.

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