Civil or financial responsibility for injuries another person suffers and property damage someone incurs can fall to an individual for a number of reasons. Negligence or default are common reasons for people to bring personal injury or even wrongful death claims against an individual or business.
However, Texas also allows people to seek compensation for a wrongful act. Wrongful acts are intentional violations of state or federal law that not only open the door to criminal prosecution but also civil lawsuits. If you are accused or convicted of a crime, you could also soon find yourself headed to civil court.
A civil suit can follow a conviction in court
When the state brings criminal charges against an individual whose actions caused harm to others, a conviction is one form of justice that can bring peace and closure to the victims. However, these won’t undo the financial implications of severe injury, massive property damage or the death of a loved one.
Pursuing a civil suit against the responsible party can help the victim of a criminal act or their surviving family members. A conviction for criminal offenses related to the incident does not preclude the victims or their surviving family members from seeking compensation. In fact, the opposite is true.
A criminal conviction can make it easier for people to bring a successful lawsuit, as a conviction affirms that someone engaged in the wrongful act that led to losses by the other party. Those facing criminal charges should consider the potential civil consequences of a conviction or guilty plea and prepare to possibly face another challenge in court.