What Is the Difference Between Criminal and Civil Cases?

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February 12, 2015
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Litigation Attorneys That Handle Civil Lawsuits and White Collar Criminal Matters

In the video found below, injury lawyer Julie Braman Kane explains that while a judgment for a civil case may result in the defendant owing compensation to the other party injured by his or her negligent actions, a criminal case can end in the defendant going to jail. Our litigation lawyers have experience pursing civil litigation as well as white collar cases. If you need assistance after suffering injuries due to the careless actions of another or are under investigation for SEC insider trading, speak with our firm to learn how we may be able to provide experienced legal representation.

Video Transcription:

A criminal case and a civil case are very different. A criminal case is prosecuted by the state or by the federal government. The end result of a criminal case is that the person who did something wrong, that violates a criminal statute in their state or in their country, can go to prison. In a civil case, the issue is negligence, where someone did something wrong, maybe it wasn’t a statutory violation, maybe they were just looking the wrong way or took a misstep, but they weren’t doing what they were supposed to do and it harmed someone else.

In a civil case, you bring a lawsuit. The end result of that case is about money, about compensating the person who has harmed. A civil case is about compensating the person who was injured by the person who was negligent. So at the end of the day, that’s about money, not jail. So civil and criminal are very different. With regard to injuries, the lawyers at Colson Hicks Eidson handle civil cases. We also handle criminal white collar cases, but that’s in a different context.