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Major Types Of Lawyers

Major Types Of Lawyers


Major Types Of Lawyers

by Tony Presto

There are a bunch of different types of attorneys in the phone book today. For the majority of our discussion today we will be talking about the two major groups, which are civil and criminal lawyers. Our discussion will consist mainly of the civil lawyers, but we will briefly touch on the criminal ones as well.

The very first thing that needs to be addressed is the difference between civil and criminal laws. Civil laws deal with people or companies wanting to be paid or compensated from an at fault party who has caused them harm or property damage. Criminal law deals with a person who has been suspected of breaking the laws that have been set forth by the government. The biggest difference between the two laws is that criminal law is enforced by the government, and civil law is enforced by private parties.

Now that we have a clear understanding of the definitions, let us take a brief moment and describe the different types of criminal attorneys. The two main groups of attorneys or lawyers in the criminal sector are defense and prosecution. Some examples of the two are public defenders and district attorneys.

Next let us move onto the civil case lawyer. Just like in the criminal cases there are two main categories. The first of these categories has to deal with lawyers who deal with wills, divorces, trusts, and property disputes. These lawyers see very little court time and see very much paperwork. The reason for this is usually the parties involved come to some sort of civil agreement that meets both of their needs long before they go to court. This type of lawyer also handles contract disputes.

The next type of civil law attorney is the personal injury attorney. A personal injury attorney is an attorney that handles any case that has to deal with a person being hurt, injured or killed due to the negligence or abuse by another person or company. Personal injury attorneys make of most of the civil attorneys out in the world today.

Today we have only talked about a few of the major types of lawyers. There are tons of lawyers out there that only deal with certain case types.

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