While all bar-admitted attorneys are licensed to practice any area of law, almost all of them specialize in a few particular areas of law. No one can be an expert in everything!  If you are looking for a lawyer, you may have seen that some lawyers specialize in civil law, while others are primarily criminal defense attorneys. Do you know what the difference is, and how to choose the right type of lawyer for your case?

Civil lawyers handle cases that involve disputes between individuals and cases that involve violations of civil law. If you want to sue a person or company for a personal injury, need a lawyer to draft a contract, or would like to petition the government for the redress of grievances, you want a civil lawyer to handle your case.

Criminal defense lawyers, on the other hand, focus on defending people who have been accused by the government of committing a crime. They will look for reasonable doubt that their client is guilty of the crime that the state is trying to convict them of.

If you need a lawyer, make sure you find one who is trained in the area of law you need. Hiring the wrong type of lawyer can be a costly mistake!