Boyd & Jenerette partner Drew Collins was recently featured on Buzz TV’s “Ask the Attorney” segment with host, Steve Strum. Drew Collins, a former prosecutor turned civil defense litigator, begins the conversation with a brief discussion of the difference between criminal and civil law suits.
Take, for example, a car accident involving a drunk driver. Drew explains that the state may bring a criminal action against the drunk driver for driving under the influence in violation of state criminal law, while the other injured driver may bring a civil against the drunk driver for the injuries that resulted to his person or property during the accident.
Importantly, the standard of proof is lower in a civil case than it is in a criminal case. For the state to put a defendant in prison, the state must be able to prove its criminal case beyond a reasonable doubt. However, a plaintiff may win a civil case by simply showing that a defendant was liable by a preponderance of the evidence.
Established in the 1950s, Boyd & Jenerette P.A. prides itself on its modern practices. The firm’s new streamlined processes help its lawyers as they strive to provide their clients with better results in a quicker, cost effective, and more efficient manner. For example, the firm is currently working on its goal of becoming a paperless law firm, and the lawyers are able to have meetings via video-conferencing to save their clients travel expenses.
Drew is a 2000 graduate of Clemson University in Clemson, South Carolina. He obtained his J.D. in 2004 from the Florida Coastal School of Law, where he was a member of the Mock Trial Team and Vice President of the Moot Court Honor Board. He is licensed to practice law in both Florida and South Carolina.
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