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What is criminal law?

Criminal law is a part of law that deals with crime. The criminal law definition means the group of rules that outlines conduct that is not tolerated due to it being considered a threat, or harmful or an endangerment to the safety and welfare of individuals. It also lays out the penalty for those who break these laws. In the judicial system there are different types of law. Criminal law is one of them, but what does criminal law mean, what actions does it pertain to? Criminal law is expansive topic with many questions, and answers. Below are some common questions asked regarding criminal law that has been answered by Experts.

What is the difference between criminal law and civil law?

Criminal law is from civil law in that with criminal charges can produce incarceration as well as monetary penalties. Defendants have more rights in a criminal case than they a civil case. Also the burden of proof is different; in a civil case the person must only be found liable beyond a preponderance of the evidence. Where, in a criminal case a person must be found guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. Also in criminal cases each time the prosecution is the state. Where, in civil case individuals are involved in the dispute.

Is it possible for a crime to be violation of both criminal and civil law?

In many situations, it is possible for a crime to be in violation of both criminal and civil law. There are several cases that a crime has violated both criminal and civil law. For example someone may be sued for wrongful death in a civil case and be accused of murder in a criminal case.

In a criminal law case how does a person get a public defender?

If a defendant in a criminal law case is unable to get an attorney and want to get a public defender they must go to the arraignment. At the arraignment they must plead not guilty and ask for a public defender, but they must be able to prove that they are unable to hire a public sector lawyer.

Is it considered a criminal law case when a person pays for a service and the service is not rendered?

Most of the time, this is not considered a criminal law case; it would be a civil law case. It is a breach of contract and criminal charges could not be filed unless there was proof beyond reasonable doubt that the party that was supposed to render the services had full intentions of stealing the other parties’ money.

Criminal law sets out the punishment for those who have broken laws that are in place to protect individual’s safety and welfare. Each state has their own set of laws, many are similar, and some are not, which it can make it confusing for people to know what they feel they need to know regarding criminal law. Questions should be directed at people that know the laws, people like Experts.

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