Civil Suit

The criminal justice process judges the guilt or innocence of accused offenders, and when offenders are found guilty, attempts to punish or rehabilitate them.

The Civil justice system does not attempt to determine the innocence or guilt of an offender. Offenders are also not put in prison. Rather, civil courts attempt to determine whether an offender or a third party is liable for the injuries sustained as a result of the crime. A civil court's finding of liability usually results in monetary damages.

Civil action may be pursued in addition to criminal charges. To initiate a civil suit you must contact an attorney.