Let’s compare and contrast the differences between Criminal and Civil Court, and how both play important roles for crime victims. Victims don’t have to choose to go through one or the other, the victims can do both. Both systems serve different purposes and functions, and so a victim has a better chance of being made whole by entering both, if possible.
You were just in a car accident, but you’re lucky. You avoided injury. However, your car’s damaged and you don’t have collision coverage and the other side wont pay. What can you do?
Can you sue for property damage when no lawyer will take your case because the damages are too small to pay a lawyer a lot of money? Yes, sue in small claims court. What’s small claims court? It’s what you see on TV. The People’s court, Judge Wapner, Judge Judy, or Judge Mathis, and all the TV shows that just have two people standing on front of a judge without a lawyer.