Civil law may be distinguished from criminal law in that criminal law concerns crimes that are committed against the state, and civil law concerns crimes people commit against other people. Criminal law governs crimes, including felonies and misdemeanors. Misdemeanors are relatively minor crimes, while felonies are more serious crimes and may be accompanied with severe mandatory sentences.
A civil law case also differs from a criminal law case because a criminal case begins when a person is arrested and charged with the act of carrying out a criminal act.
- What are my rights if I am arrested?
- What are my rights in court?
- What is involved with the bail process?
- How am I released from custody?
If you are arrested, keep calm and do not panic. The following links provide you with answers to the above questions.