Sexual Assault Civil Claims
Helping Victims Achieve Personal Justice
In the American justice system, there are two distinct ways that claims are brought before the courts: through civil law and criminal law. Most people are aware that sexual assault perpetrators can be held accountable in criminal courts. However, perpetrators can also be made accountable for their actions in civil court—in this arena, the firm of Aldous \ Walker LLP can help victims pursue the justice they are owed.
Our firm is set apart from others in that we require sincere conviction in order to take on cases. If we take on a case, it is because we wholeheartedly believe in our client’s story, and we want to put our full resources behind our their cause. Our attorneys enjoy trying cases on behalf of our clients—it’s what we do best, and we have secured sizable verdicts and settlements because of it.
For passionate advocates who will fight for you with seasoned skill, call (214) 307-6307 today.
Why Pursue a Sexual Assault Claim in Civil Court?
You have testified against your assaulter in criminal court already. Or you’ve been told that there’s not enough evidence to charge your assaulter with a sex crime. Either way, the criminal courts already have your situation in hand, so why pursue a civil claim? Because criminal law and civil law are very different from one another.
Criminal law is about representing the state and its interests. When a person commits a crime, it’s considered a crime against the state’s laws, not you personally. Your testimony is instrumental in the case against your assaulter, but you are not in control of the case. You may receive personal closure from your assaulter facing criminal punishment, but in the end, you’ll still be left with the consequences of your assault.
Criminal trials do not address the many needs of sexual assault victims, such as:
- Medical costs
- Pain and suffering
- Psychological treatment
- Emotional rehabilitation
- Damage to relationships
Civil claims, however, are about your injuries. You are in control of whether to pursue a civil claim, seek a jury award, or settle with your assaulter. Most importantly, the results of a civil claim are about providing for your needs.
You can hold your assaulter directly responsible for the pain that they have caused you, and you can receive compensation for your harm. You can also hold other negligent parties accountable, such as schools or employers who should have kept you safe. You can make an impact for future cases like yours.
My Assailant Was Found Not Guilty—What Can I Do?
If a criminal court found your attacker not guilty, here’s the good news—that does not mean a civil claim would not end in your favor. Criminal courts have a different standard of proof than civil claims: the accused must be proven guilty “beyond a reasonable doubt.” For civil claims, the defendant must be found “reasonably likely to have caused damages.” In other words, it is far easier to prove that your assaulter caused you harm in a civil claims court.
If your attacker was found not guilty, you can still hold them accountable in a civil trial. Here, the evidence in your favor will have far more power and may result in a positive outcome. Civil trials can bring personal closure that a criminal trial failed to offer, while directly providing for your needs legally and financially.
If you want to hold your attacker liable for your injuries, our attorneys will stand by your side. Contact us today.