Criminal lawsuits refer to felonies and misdemeanours, while civil lawsuits mean disagreement among individuals about the legal responsibilities they have to each other.
They differ in many perspectives. A few of them include the following:
- Type of Trial: In civil cases, the issues are often resolved through a settlement and are not always taken to the court. However, criminal cases are always held in court.
- Penalties: in criminal cases, the punishment often involves jail and hefty fines. Whereas in civil cases, the most common penalty is through financial support.
- Lawyers: in civil cases, it is compulsory to hire a lawyer for yourself or present your case. In criminal cases, defendants are given a lawyer even by the state if they cannot afford one.