Articles Tagged with civil case

It took a jury five days to reach a verdict in the criminal case against British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell, who was charged for her role in grooming and luring minor girls to serve the sexual exploits of financier Jeffrey Epstein. On December 29, 2021, Maxwell was convicted on 5 of 6 counts. The  Miami Herald reported on January 15, 2022 that sentencing will take place at a hearing in June, at which the US District Court judge will decide how long she spends behind bars. Each count ranges from five to 40 years in federal prison. 

The conviction against Maxwell means closure for many of Epstein’s victims, but it also prompts questions about civil remedies linked to criminal cases. Many people will also wonder whether it is possible to hold Maxwell accountable when she did not directly cause harm. A Miami sexual assault victims attorney can describe the details, but some answers to FAQs are informative.

How does a conviction impact a civil lawsuit? 

Drunk driving has plagued US roadways for decades, yet motorists continue to get behind the wheel of a car after consuming too much alcohol. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) reports that officers make almost 34,000 arrests statewide for driving under the influence of alcohol (DUI), and more than 3,700 of these cases arise in South Florida. Police are always on the lookout for motorists who are swerving, driving erratically, and exhibiting other indications of intoxication. 

However, a drunk driving arrest can also result from a DUI accident, since officers will conduct an investigation when arriving on the scene. When their probe turns up sufficient information to charge and/or convict the other driver, you probably assume you have an open-shut case to recover compensation if you were injured in a crash caused by that driver. The legal issues are not quite so simple, so rely on a Miami drunk driving accidents attorney to assist with your remedies. You can also gain some insight by reviewing answers to common questions about DUI crashes in Florida.

What are the differences between a civil and criminal case after a drunk driving accident? 

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