What is the difference between a wrongful death civil suit and criminal case?

FAQS About Wrongful Death Law

Anyone who believes that they have suffered a wrongdoing (tort) or violation of their private rights can file a civil lawsuit. In a civil lawsuit, it is easier to prove someone is guilty of a wrongdoing than it is to prove someone is guilty of a crime in criminal court.

In civil court, monetary damages can be awarded to the victim to compensate them for a wide variety of tangible losses as well as well as for pain and suffering and emotional distress. However, even if found to be liable and at fault in civil court, the accused is not given a jail sentence and does not have a criminal record.

A criminal case can only be brought by the government. In order for someone to be prosecuted for a crime, the prosecutor must make a case against the accused. The purpose of prosecuting a criminal case is to seek prison time or another punishment. The prosecutor must meet a higher standard of proof than in a civil case and if the accused is found guilty they will have a criminal record.

Wrongful Death Trial Lawyers Serving Southern California

We understand that no amount of compensation can replace the loss of your loved one. But you do have the right to pursue recovery for expenses and for other damages in a civil action. If you lost someone you love in an accident, contact the wrongful death attorneys of Stolpman, Krissman, Elber & Silver, LLP, to arrange a free consultation. We work hard to help you find closure by getting you a fair settlement whenever possible, but our attorneys are expert trial lawyers that are prepared to file a lawsuit when it is necessary.

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