Facing or Pursuing Civil Litigation?
Our New Orleans Attorneys Can Explain Your Legal Options
Civil litigation is the broad-banner descriptor that applies to any non-criminal
dispute that is formally brought through the court of law. Generally speaking,
civil litigation aims to secure monetary damages or the fulfillment of
certain conditions. Because civil litigation also encompasses pre-trial
procedures and negotiations, not all civil cases wind up before a judge.
Oftentimes, a settlement can be reached outside the courtroom which may
save both parties the time, expense, and uncertainty of an outside judgment.
I've Been Served. What Now?
For nearly three decades, Chehardy Sherman Williams has been representing
clients on both sides of the courtroom. The diverse experience of our
legal team ensures that we have the necessary skill sets to handle virtually
any dispute. From our perspective, superior legal representation is only
possible where a superior commitment to open and honest communication
has been established, which is why we work so hard to facilitate honesty
Our civil litigation cases often involve:
- Contract disputes
- Commercial law disputes
- Property damage
- Temporary restraining orders
- Class action lawsuits
- Estate & Trust litigation
Criminal and Civil Burdens of Proof
There are a number of differences between criminal litigation and civil
litigation. First, in cases of civil litigation, the plaintiff is the
wronged party and not the state. Second, being convicted of a civil offense
is far more likely to result in a fine than to result in jail time. Third,
criminal trials must be heard by a jury. Civil trials often take place
before a judge alone. For all these reasons, the burden of proof is less
for a civil trial than it is for a criminal trial. Whether or not that's
an advantage or disadvantage depends upon whether you're the plaintiff
or the defendant in your case.
Either way, Chehardy Sherman Williams is here for you! Call (504) 217-2006 for a