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Good afternoon. A criminal lawsuit and a civil lawsuit are completely separate. In criminal proceedings, the burden of proof is much higher ( i.e. beyond a reasonable doubt) and if convicted, you could face prison time. However, a civil lawsuit, asks the court to order a remedy. In a situation like this, it is probably going to be monetary. The complaint which is served, would state the damages which the victim seeks at this time. They want money or some other type of relief. Even if the court finds in favor of the victim/plaintiff in the civil suit, it does not mean that a jury would find the defendant guilty or criminal charges would be filed.
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