People sometimes file civil claims after accidents that cause injuries and other damages. These cases can also involve business matters or family law issues. In all of these instances, you must know what outcome you want and how to present your case. It can be a complex endeavor in some circumstances, but knowing a few points about the civil court system might be beneficial.
One thing to remember in these cases is that your case is independent of any charges that are pending in the criminal justice system. The civil court system and the criminal justice one are separate entities. In the criminal justice system, the prosecution has to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the defendant committed the crime. In the civil court system, the standard is lower, a preponderance of the evidence, to assign liability.
We can work with you to prepare your civil case. We will discuss the options that you have and the possible resolutions that you might be able to achieve in the matter. Once we do this, we can work toward those objectives. Remember, there might be questions or issues that creep up during the matter. We will address those as needed during the civil litigation process.
In all civil cases, be sure to consider how your decisions might affect you later. Because everything that you say can be used against you in court, be sure that you always consider your words and responses very carefully. You don’t want to do or say anything that could form the basis for criminal charges to be lodged against you later.