It is rare for people to not figure tomorrow into their every day. We get up in the morning and go to work, not because working eight hours will fulfill our desires for the day, but instead for tomorrow, for the earnings, for the retirement one day. You don’t go to the store and buy the food item you are hungry for now and nothing else. But what if, in going about the tasks that cover you for tomorrow you are taken out of your daily equation today?
When a drunk driver or an otherwise drug or alcohol influenced driver swerves into your lane or careens into the rear of your car, your life may be altered forever. Whether your life is changed by an injury or whether a loved one loses his or her life, all of your investments into tomorrow may feel like they are now for nothing. And when it all stems from another driver who simply was selfish enough to get behind the wheel when drunk or high, it’s a hard pill to swallow. And it isn’t wrong to hope for justice.
When justice isn’t given in terms of criminal charges you may think the offender got off without repercussion. The criminal actions of the offender took the life of your spouse or child or left you unable to walk again and in a criminal court, there was simply not enough there to yield a conviction. However, the burden of proof in a civil case is not at the same standard of that of a criminal trial. And if you are able to demonstrate that the accused was operating a vehicle while drunk, thus instigating your accident, you may not be as likely to see the defendant walk free on a technicality.
You won’t know what the future holds for you or the accused until you pursue justice on your terms in a civil court. Without a criminal conviction, you may still be able to allow someone who walks free to pay a substantial cost.