Civil Law

Civil law is a widely misunderstood topic to the everyday person, so let’s start with the basics. At its core, the term “civil law” refers to legal actions taken by members of the community, as opposed to the government or military.

In other words, if you are accused of causing someone harm — physically, financially, or otherwise — that person could file a civil lawsuit against you. If they win the lawsuit, then you (“the defendant”) will have to pay for the damages you allegedly caused. For instance, you may have to pay to replace their stolen property, cover the cost of their medical bills, or handle other expenses (“damages”) caused by the incident.

Likewise, if you were to file a civil lawsuit against another person (making you the "plaintiff"), a successful outcome would mean that you get to collect on the damages related to your particular situation.

Can a Case Be Civil and Criminal?

Yes, absolutely. In fact, it is extremely common for a criminal charge to be accompanied by a civil lawsuit. Consider this common scenario:

You are accused of a violent crime — let’s say aggravated assault. You are arrested, tried in federal criminal court and found “not guilty” because your lawyer proves that you were acting in self-defense. Then, the person who lost the fight against you (“the plaintiff”) decides they aren’t happy with that outcome. They decide to file a personal injury lawsuit against you (this is a common type of civil lawsuit). Suddenly, you realize that your case isn’t over yet. You’ve dodged the criminal bullet, but now you have to face the plaintiff in civil court.

Protect yourself from civil penalties

Put Me On Your Side

In the above scenario, there are two pieces of good news:

  1. You’re no longer in danger of going to jail. The criminal charges have been dropped, and now it’s only the civil side of the case that remains.
  2. If I’m your attorney, you’re in great hands. After all, I have a rare combination of knowledge in both criminal and civil law. This means that I can defend you from both the criminal and civil charges that the State of Arizona and/or the federal government have to offer.

Civil Charges I’ve Successfully Defended

In my criminal law practice, I take both criminal and civil possibilities into account when I represent someone in trouble with the law. That’s why I have been able to successfully defend a number of clients facing serious criminal and civil charges. On the criminal side, these include drug crimes, violent crimes, sex crimes, murder, and crimes as a law enforcement officer; on the civil side, I’ve covered civil theft, wrongful death, and related personal injury lawsuits.

For instance, in the last decade, I defended two U.S. Border Patrol agents first from allegations of murder and later from wrongful death lawsuits brought on by the victims’ family members. In both cases, I was able to protect my clients from the civil and criminal penalties because I am well-versed in both sides of the law.

Civil Lawsuits I've Helped Clients File

Although I am, at my core, a criminal defense attorney, I am also a trusted resource for those looking to file a civil lawsuit in Arizona. For example, I've worked closely with victims of violence, personal injuries (such as car accidents, slip and falls, and medical malpractice), and other civil injustices. Don't hesitate to contact me if you've been wronged and need help taking legal action against the person who caused you harm.

If you’re facing a criminal and/or civil lawsuit and aren’t sure where to turn, I urge you to give me a call. My experience is at your disposal, and initial consultations are free of charge.

Civil Law Attorney in Tucson, Arizona

No matter where you’re at in the criminal or civil process, know that it’s never too early or too late to call me for help. I have more than 30 years of experience working closely with people in situations just like yours, and I’m not afraid to stand up for you in criminal or civil court. Set up your free consultation today.