Civil lawsuits brought by victims of crime can prove to be even more powerful than a prison sentence. Overcrowding is forcing California prisons to release inmates into Los Angeles, Orange, and San Diego Counties at a staggering rate. Crime victims don’t have to rely solely on the criminal courts for justice. And unlike criminal courts, a substantial civil judgment can easily have a life-long impact on a criminal, regardless of his/her efforts at rehabilitation.
Crime victims armed with civil judgments have a number of powerful tools they can use to ensure justice is served on their own terms. They can ensure criminals don’t enjoy extra comfort while in prison by levying their prison trust accounts. When the criminal gets out, the victim can garnish the offender’s wages and force him/her to appear in court to explain their financial situation. Crime victims can also seize personal and business assets and levy bank accounts.
State and local governments offer a variety of programs to help ensure crime victims get at least some of the compensation they deserve. However, they often fall short of the mark. Crime victims should contact Ridgeway Law for a free, honest, and fair case evaluation.