Brisbane Criminal Law Firms

The Difference between Criminal and Civil Lawyers and Finding the Right Brisbane QLD Law Firms

Are you wondering how criminal law differs from civil law? There are a few key differences that separate these two fields. Criminal law is what keeps society safe and peaceful. This is the law enforced by police. Crimes include not only very serious things such as theft, sexual assault, and murder but also minor things such as having a fake ID. Under criminal law, you can’t sue or be sued; instead, you may be charged by police if you commit a crime, and punishment may include a fine, community service, or jail time. You may then need to seek the services of criminal law firms in Brisbane to ensure the best outcome.

Civil law, by contrast, deals with people’s rights and responsibilities toward each other. Civil law is enforced directly by individual people rather than police. Under civil law, you may sue someone who wrongs you, or you may be sued by someone else. Civil laws protect you and allow to try to collect money (damages) when someone has done something unethical to you; on the other hand, civil law also allows someone else to take you to court to try to collect damages if you act wrongfully.

Common Ways People Break Civil Laws

Negligence and breach of contract are common examples of ways people break civil laws. Negligence is when someone behaves carelessly and causes another person harm. If you have injured someone physically or psychologically through negligence, or damaged their property or caused them a financial loss, then they may be able to sue you for damages to compensate for the injury or loss. Likewise, you may be able to sue someone who has caused you an injury or loss due to their lack of reasonable care. Breach of contract refers to neglecting or refusing to comply with a legal contract.

It is possible to break both the civil law and the criminal law at the same time. For instance, if you hit someone with your car, you may have not only committed a crime, but you may also be sued for medical expenses to treat the injuries you caused and have to pay these costs yourself. Brisbane law firms can give you advice should you find yourself being sued or needing to sue someone else.

When Can I Sue Someone?

Sometimes, there is a limitation period. This is a period set by the law that you must sue within. The limitation period depends on why you are suing. For example, you must sue another person for breach of contract within six years from the day the breach occurred; the limitation period on personal injury suits is only three years from the day you were injured.

Robertson O’Gorman Solicitors Criminal Lawyers in QLD

At Robertson O’Gorman Solicitors, our lawyers make it their goal to provide personal, professional service to every client. Your case will be attended to by either fully qualified solicitors who practice in the field of criminal law or accredited criminal law specialists. Since 1976, we have been a leader amongst Brisbane criminal law firms, helping clients throughout QLD obtain the best possible outcomes in their cases.