In court proceedings, there are criminal charges and civil charges. Both can be expensive. However, the main difference you need to know between the two is that a criminal charge can send you to jail or prison.
The most famous cases that show the difference between civil and criminal cases were the two OJ Simpson trials involving the murder of Nicole Simpson and Ronald Goldman.
OJ Simpson won his criminal trial against the State of California and consequently wasn’t remanded to prison for the rest of his life.
OJ however, didn’t prevail in the civil wrongful death suit brought against him by the relatives of his alleged victims. That loss didn’t send him to jail but required him to pay a $33.5 million penalty.
Civil charges usually carry financial penalties. Criminal charges, may also include substantial financial penalties, but also include potential jail, prison time, and a criminal record.
When you are confronting a criminal charge, you need an experienced criminal defense attorney with a proven track record by your side. There is too much at stake to attempt any other approach. Inadequate or inexperienced representation may result in jail, fines, loss of employment, and a criminal record.
If you are facing a criminal charge in Massachusetts, do yourself a favor, give Eliott Savitz a call and assure yourself your best chance for staying out of jail, avoiding costly fines, and winning your case. He is an experienced Massachusetts criminal defense attorney who understands your rights and how the law protects you.