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Victims of crime may use the civil justice system to seek redress for the crimes committed against them, regardless of the outcome of the criminal prosecution. Victims can file lawsuits against the perpetrator and others who bear some responsibility for the crime. The goal of the civil suit is to hold the defendants “liable” for committing the crime or allowing it to happen. While the civil case cannot put someone in jail, it can provide financial compensation to help rebuild your life.
The civil justice system is another opportunity for victims of crime to obtain justice.
Nicole Robbins is committed to protecting victims’ rights and helping clients take legal action in the event of a crime. She represents victims in both criminal and civil cases. Victims of crime mistakenly believe that their fate lies in the hands of law enforcement and the District Attorney offices that prosecute their cases. An experienced crime victim attorney will work to ensure your case is not forgotten, your voice is heard and your rights are protected.
The purpose of the criminal justice system is to protect the public and punish the criminal. However, crime victims are guaranteed certain legal rights under the Oregon Constitution. An attorney experienced in crime victim representation knows your legal rights and can represent and guide victims through the criminal process. Crime victim rights allow attorneys the ability to formally appear in the case on the victim’s behalf to make sure your voice is heard. As a former prosecutor, Nicole has a detailed, working knowledge of the criminal justice system, established relationships with local deputy district attorneys and law enforcement and will work to ensure your rights are protected.
The purpose of the civil justice system is to compensate the victim. In a civil lawsuit for criminal wrongdoing the goal of the lawsuit is to hold the defendant accountable to the victim, regardless of the outcome of the criminal case. And the victim is in control of the case, not the State. In addition to civil claims against the criminal, it may be possible to bring a civil claim against an entity or institution that protected or ignored the actions of the criminal. Possible civil claims include premise liability, negligent security, personal injury, wrongful death or professional malpractice.
Although a money award will never fully compensate the victim for their injuries, it is a valuable resource on their to recovery. An experienced crime victim lawyer will utilize the information from the criminal case to the benefit of the crime victim in the civil case. And regardless of the outcome of the criminal case, crime victims may still be entitled to recover from a civil lawsuit because a civil suit does not determine guilt or innocence rather it determines who is liable for the injuries sustained as a result of the crime.
An experienced lawyer will know what evidence is needed, what remedies are available and work diligently to maximize your recovery. All cases are handled on a contingency fee basis, which means Nicole only collects a fee if she is able to recover money for her client. Initial consultations are free. Contact Nicole at 503-451-0477.