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Navigating Sexual Assault Cases: Civil vs. Criminal

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Sexual assault is a devastating experience that can have profound physical, emotional, and psychological effects on survivors. When dealing with sexual assault cases, it is essential to understand the distinction between pursuing a civil personal injury case and engaging in criminal proceedings.

Civil vs. Criminal: What is the Difference?

  1. Legal Avenues: In a civil personal injury case, the survivor sues the perpetrator for damages, seeking compensation for medical expenses, therapy costs, lost wages, and pain and suffering. On the other hand, criminal cases are brought by the state against the perpetrator, aiming to hold them accountable for violating criminal laws.
  2. Burden of Proof: The burden of proof in civil cases is lower than in criminal cases. In civil court, the survivor must prove their case by a preponderance of evidence, showing it is more likely than not that the assault occurred. In criminal court, the prosecution must prove the case beyond a reasonable doubt, a higher standard of proof.
  3. Purpose and Outcome: The goal of a civil personal injury case is primarily to obtain financial compensation for the survivor’s damages. Conversely, in criminal cases, the focus is on justice and punishment for the perpetrator, which may include imprisonment, fines, or probation.

Why Hire Fielding Law for Sexual Assault Cases?

Survivors of sexual assault face complex legal challenges that require sensitive and experienced legal representation. Fielding Law offers compassionate yet formidable advocacy for survivors navigating both civil personal injury cases and criminal proceedings related to sexual assault.

Our team understands the nuances of sexual assault cases, providing personalized support and guidance throughout the legal process. We prioritize your well-being and fight tirelessly to ensure your voice is heard and your rights are protected.

In such delicate and emotionally charged matters, having a trusted legal partner like Fielding Law can make all the difference. Contact us today at 833.88.SHARK for a free consultation and let us stand by your side on the path to justice and healing.

Note: Information provided is for educational purposes and does not constitute legal advice. Always consult with a qualified attorney for legal concerns.