Miami Crime Victim Attorneys
Being the victim of a crime can be a horrifying and traumatizing experience during, and well after, its commission. Regardless of whether the individual who committed the act is charged with and/or prosecuted for the crime, the victim may still be able to file a civil lawsuit. Importantly, there is a significant difference between the levels of proof required in a criminal versus a civil case.
For a civil case, the plaintiff must prove the defendant’s liability by a “preponderance of the evidence,” which means that it is more likely than not. In contrast, in a criminal case, the state or prosecution must prove beyond, and to the exclusion of, every reasonable doubt that the defendant committed the crime in question. Thus, while the appropriate authority may not have the evidence to meet the more stringent criminal standard of proof, you may very well be able to prove that a defendant is liable in a civil lawsuit for the act he or she committed.
The Miami and Ft. Lauderdale crime victim lawyers at Brais Law Firm are thoroughly familiar with the “ins” and “outs” of civil practice. Combining partners’ experience, both in-house and of-counsel, the firm offers more than 75 years of litigation and over 100 trials to protect and serve its clients. We invite you to review our Results page to learn more about our successes. More specifically, civil cases regarding crime victims may include but are not limited to:
- Child and Day Care Sexual Abuse – This type of abuse involve what we cherish and love most—our children. When we leave our children with third parties like day and after school care providers, we fully expect our children to be safe from any and all harm. Unfortunately, according to the Florida Network of Children’s Advocacy Centers, a 2011 study found that 1 in 7 girls and 1 in 25 boys will be sexually abused before they reach the age of 18. Individuals who commit these wicked acts should be held accountable and face severe civil and criminal penalties.
- Nursing Home and Elderly Neglect – This type of abuse usually concerns other individuals we hold near and dear to us—our parents and grandparents. The National Center on Elder Abuse (“NCEA”) estimates that 3.2 million Americans resided in nursing homes in 2008. More recently, in 2012, the NCEA released a research brief in which it stated that “[o]ver 50% of nursing home staff admitted to mistreating (e.g. physical violence, mental abuse, neglect) older patients within the prior year in one study—two thirds of those incidents involved neglect.”
- Altar Boy Molestation – Assault and molestation in a holy place is a horrific and all too common type of sexual abuse in our society. The National Center for Victims of Crime states that “[c]hildren are most vulnerable to child sexual abuse between the ages of 7 and 13.”
How Brais Law Firm Can Help Victims
If you are a victim, get in touch with a lawyer about your rights to recover compensation. Your claim evaluation at Brais Law Firm is free and risk-free. Our contingency policy means you do not owe the firm a fee unless we recover money damages for you – there is no risk in calling.
Our firm handles claims throughout the state of Florida from our main office in Miami.