If you’ve been the victim of stalking, you likely already know about orders of protection and criminal prosecution as the first line of defense against your stalker(s). What you may not be aware of is the fact that you can seek further justice by bringing a civil lawsuit against the alleged stalker, whether or not criminal charges have been filed and a verdict reached. Stalking victims sometimes file a lawsuit in civil court because they feel the criminal justice system has failed them. For example, if the stalking victim lost their job, moved to another state, and pursued counseling to feel safe, the victim will likely still feel unsatisfied even if their stalker is convicted in criminal court. This is when you should call our attorneys for legal advice.
At Manley, Stewart & Finaldi, we can help you pursue maximum compensation in civil court. We seek to hold stalkers accountable for their actions and secure the financial compensation you deserve. Our law firm has successfully advocated for victims of many forms of abuse, including stalking. We put our legal knowledge to good use, letting victims’ voices be heard in court.
Were you stalked and want to pursue justice in civil court? Contact Manly, Stewart & Finaldi today at (800) 761-2220 for a free case evaluation.
Criminal and civil stalking cases encompass the same act, but they are handled differently in criminal court versus civil court. While the criminal justice system seeks to punish a convicted offender, usually through prison time and fines, civil court does not determine guilt or innocence; it only determines if the offender is liable for a crime. Also, the standard for criminal liability is lower than it is in criminal court. In civil court, offenders must be found liable by a “preponderance” of the evidence, while criminal offenders are found guilty “beyond a reasonable doubt.” For this reason, even if your stalker was acquitted, you can still seek damages in civil court and should pursue your legal options.
When filing a civil suit, your attorney will work to establish a cause of action, or legal basis, for suing the stalker. The cause of action may be intentional infliction of emotional distress, invasion of privacy, trespass, or assault. Civil lawsuits offer an underutilized yet powerful option for victims of stalking to seek justice. It will give you a voice and your day in court so you can tell your story and collect damages from the perpetrator(s) as well as any third parties who may have contributed to the crime.
Contact Manly, Stewart & Finaldi immediately if you were victimized by a stalker. One of our experienced, compassionate attorneys will listen to your story, educate you on the laws that protect you, and help you explore your legal options. You don’t have to suffer in silence when it comes to surviving stalking.
We will fight diligently for the compensation you deserve. Contact us today at (800) 761-2220 for a free consultation.