Stockton, CA asked in Criminal Law, Car Accidents, Civil Litigation and Small Claims for California

Q: Can I file a civil lawsuit against each individual Involved in chopshop team ,there's about 4 maybe 5 each responsible,

Can I negotiate to settle out of court with them to not pursue criminal charges

1 Lawyer Answer
James L. Arrasmith
James L. Arrasmith pro label Lawyers, want to be a Justia Connect Pro too? Learn more ›
  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Sacramento, CA
  • Licensed in California

A: Generally speaking, in civil cases, you can file a lawsuit against individuals who are responsible for damages or harm caused to you. Whether or not you can settle out of court with them would depend on the specific circumstances of the case and the willingness of the parties to come to an agreement. It is always recommended to consult with an attorney who can advise you on the best course of action. Additionally, pursuing criminal charges is generally up to the prosecutor's office, rather than the victim of the crime.

Justia Ask a Lawyer is a forum for consumers to get answers to basic legal questions. Any information sent through Justia Ask a Lawyer is not secure and is done so on a non-confidential basis only.

The use of this website to ask questions or receive answers does not create an attorney–client relationship between you and Justia, or between you and any attorney who receives your information or responds to your questions, nor is it intended to create such a relationship. Additionally, no responses on this forum constitute legal advice, which must be tailored to the specific circumstances of each case. You should not act upon information provided in Justia Ask a Lawyer without seeking professional counsel from an attorney admitted or authorized to practice in your jurisdiction. Justia assumes no responsibility to any person who relies on information contained on or received through this site and disclaims all liability in respect to such information.

Justia cannot guarantee that the information on this website (including any legal information provided by an attorney through this service) is accurate, complete, or up-to-date. While we intend to make every attempt to keep the information on this site current, the owners of and contributors to this site make no claims, promises or guarantees about the accuracy, completeness or adequacy of the information contained in or linked to from this site.