What to Know About Criminal and Civil Liability
One of the most common things that causes confusion for individuals is the difference between a civil and a criminal case. Depending on the circumstances of a case, a person who injures another person may face criminal and civil liability. The cases are distinct and frequently do not have a bearing on one another.
At Flesch and Beck Law, our attorneys provide experienced representation for individuals who have been injured in accidents throughout Denver and the surrounding areas. We will work with you to get the largest recovery possible. Do not trust your case to a less experienced attorney. Contact our office today to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation.
What Are the Differences Between a Criminal and Civil Lawsuit?
It is important to understand if you are injured by another person that they may face both a civil and a criminal court case. A criminal court case is brought by a prosecutor. If the person is convicted of the alleged crime, they will face penalties in accordance with state law. However, to be convicted, a jury of their peers must find that they committed the crime beyond a reasonable doubt. This burden of proof is difficult to meet in some cases.
On the other hand, a civil lawsuit is brought by the injury victim. The remedy sought is usually compensation for the damages that were caused as a result of the defendant’s negligence or wrongful conduct. To be found liable in a civil lawsuit, a judge or jury must only determine that there was a preponderance of evidence indicating the defendant’s legal responsibility. The lower burden of proof is easier to meet.
Can Someone Be Found Innocent in Criminal Court But Liable in Civil Court?
A person may be found innocent or “not guilty” in criminal court but still be held liable in civil court. Again, the lower burden of proof may help to secure a finding of civil liability. It is not necessary to secure a criminal conviction against the person that caused you harm. You can still file a civil lawsuit against them for the harm that they caused.
It is important to work with an attorney at every stage of the process. If a person is found “not guilty” in criminal court, it may indicate some sort of weakness in the case. Understanding and overcoming these deficiencies can help ensure you receive the largest recovery possible based on the circumstances of your case.
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If you were injured by another person’s negligence or wrongdoing, contact our office to schedule a free consultation. Our lawyers will help you understand your rights after an accident with injury. They will provide you with the guidance and resources you need to make informed decisions about your case.
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