Criminal law is a practice area with the objective of punishing individuals who commit illegal acts. Edward E. Dove, Attorney at Law in Lexington, KY, practices not only criminal law but civil litigation and explains the differences.
Criminal law governs personal conduct to protect the health, safety, and welfare of the public. It also oversees the public’s authority to punish individuals who violate laws. A governmental body brings criminal charges against individuals to discipline them for committing criminal acts, while civil cases are brought by one person against another to recover monetary damages for negligent or intentional civil acts.
Criminal cases have a higher standard of proof than civil cases because the penalties are more severe — the state must prove the defendant is guilty “beyond a reasonable doubt.” In civil cases, the standard is “by a preponderance of the evidence,” which means it’s more likely than not the defendant committed the act for which they were charged.
Punishment for criminal law violations ranges from a small fine for a parking ticket to a life sentence in prison or execution for capital crimes, such as murder or hijacking an aircraft. Individuals found guilty of certain offenses can lose their privileges to drive, vote, carry a gun, serve on a jury, obtain certain types of employment, and live in particular communities.
Edward E. Dove, Attorney at Law offers his clients wise counsel and zealous representation in all criminal law matters. Whether you face traffic, misdemeanor, or felony charges, you can depend on his vigorous advocacy and professionalism throughout your case. If you are facing a criminal charge, call (859) 252-0020 to schedule a consultation. Visit the attorney’s website to learn more about his background and practice areas, including employment and education law.