The first thing you need to know is that there’s a difference between criminal proceedings and civil litigation. In a criminal case, the court system is looking to hold someone responsible for violation of the law. There are different types of penalties that can be used as punishment, including fines, jail time or community service.
Civil lawsuits are designed to resolve disputes between two or more private parties. In these cases, one side believes the other party caused harm to them, so the courts are used to assist with resolving the issue.
In spite of the differences in the distinct areas of laws, most civil lawsuits share an ordered and common process for handling civil litigation. That process can be confusing and frustrating with delays and obstacles along the way that can be challenging.
That is why it is always important to consult with an experienced attorney that help guide you through the process. If you are in need of an attorney give us a call!