What You Should Know About Civil Claims For White Collar Crimes.
You may assume that when an employee or partner steals from you, or commits some other crime against you, that you have a criminal claim against them. You may indeed have a claim, but it is not "criminal" claim, rather it is a civil claim. Oddly, the "People" or the "State" is the party which has a claim against them for the crime, not you. Most crimes have a civil counterpart, permitting you to sue a perpetrator on your own for the grievous conduct. The result is a civil case against them, not a criminal case. Sometimes the civil case proceeds in tandem with the criminal case, but they are separate and distinct. What's the difference? First, you do not have to bring a criminal case against someone. The district attorney's office does this for you. You are simply the victim. In a civil case, you bring the case against them on your own using your own funds. You are a plaintiff. Another important difference is that the standard of proof is much higher in a criminal case, where the state must prove that the defendant is guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. That's a high standard. In a civil case, you only need to prove that the defendant more likely than not is wrong. It is much easier to prove a civil case than a criminal case. If you or someone you represent has suffered any form of white collar wrongdoing, call us. We want to talk with you.