Most parents worry about their children when their children go to college. Unfortunately, those fears may be valid. Crime is a serious issue at universities across the United States. According to a study by the National Center for Education Statistics, tens of thousands of college students become the victim of crimes every year.
Parents may encourage their children to report the crime to the police but criminal charges are not always filed. Even if they are, the at-fault party may end up getting off with a slap on the wrist. This can make both the parent and the victim feel helpless. There is a light at the end of the tunnel though because there may be legal actions you can take.
Suing the at-fault party and / or their parents, or the college, or another entity, will not erase what happened. However, it can help. Read three reasons that it is worth at least considering this option. You can then contact Justice 4 Crime Victims at 949-585-9055 to speak to a victim’s right attorney who cares.
- Filing a Civil Suit Can Hold the Criminal Accountable
- Filing a Civil Suit Can Acknowledge the Larger Issue
- Filing a Civil Lawsuit Can Provide Compensation for Damages
One of the hardest parts about being the victim of a crime is seeing the person who committed the crime get off with no or little punishment. You cannot force the DA to file charges. You cannot convince them not to accept a plea deal. However, you may be able to file a civil claim that results in real penalties and consequences for the person’s criminal actions.
The fact of the matter is that too often, crimes are swept under the rug. No college administrator wants their school associated with a crime. However, only when people begin to understand how prevalent these crimes are will we expect to see real changes. By filing a civil lawsuit, you can draw attention to the issue and potentially start a conversation that could help prevent future crimes.
A person who has been the victim of a crime generally has several types of damages. They may have medical costs required to treat their physical injuries. They may have the cost of mental health professionals to help them deal with the trauma. If property was damaged or stolen, it may need to be replaced. It is not uncommon for a crime victim to be unable to work. For these and other damages, the victim of the crime should not be expected to pay – the person who committed the crime should.
If you ready to find out what your options are then we welcome your call to Justice 4 Crime Victims at 949-585-9055. You need a legal advocate to be on your side and we are ready to be that for you.