Seeking Compensation for Damages Caused by Sexual Trafficking
Those that are guilty of the crime of human trafficking and sexual predation on minors are typically dealt with particularly harshly by the law due to the egregious nature of their crimes that cause severe pain and suffering to those that experience them. These people that suffer because of these crimes often will never live the same lives again but through justice can find some semblance of peace and closure when it comes to their traumas. The people that commit these crimes often find themselves having to deal with not only the repercussions of their actions in terms of criminal law but also through civil law as well. This rings especially true for infamous convicted sexual offender and sex trafficker, Jeffrey Epstein.
Jeffrey Epstein Sexual Crimes Controversy
Jeffrey Epstein has lately become a major figure of controversy thanks to a number of news outlets reporting on the terrible crimes that he has committed and the legal repercussions that have been met with outrage from a number of sources. Jeffrey Epstein has been convicted of soliciting a minor for prostitution in 2008 after which he registered as a sex offender and in 2019 he has been charged with sex trafficking and conspiracy to traffic minors for sex.
Initial Charges Against Epstein
It should come as no shock that this man has caused widespread pain and suffering to a number of individuals that he has sexually violated and abused as well as their families. While Jeffrey Epstein has only been convicted of a single charge of soliciting a minor for prostitution in 2008, law enforcement has found evidence that he has solicited a large number of underage women to perform sexual acts. Jeffrey Epstein only managed to evade prosecution for all of these crimes after a plea deal was made where he agreed to plead guilty to one count of soliciting prostitution from an underage girl and to not contest the civil claims brought against him by his victims that he would pay restitution to. In return, he was granted immunity from all federal charges.
2019 Human Trafficking Controversy
In 2019 Jeffrey Epstein once again was charged with sexual crimes. On July 6, 2019, Jeffrey Epstein was arrested in New Jersey and charged by federal prosecutors with engaging in the sexual trafficking of minors. Court documents allege that at least 40 underage girls were brought into Epstein’s mansion for sexual encounters.
Civil Lawsuits against Epstein and Similar Sex Offenders
As a result of Epstein’s deplorable actions against underage girls over the years, many women have had to cope with significant trauma that has damaged their lives severely. Consequently, these individuals that have suffered these damages have filed a number of civil claims against Jeffrey Epstein to seek restitution for the grievances they have suffered because of his crimes. In situations where someone has been sexually assaulted or abused seeking restitution from the individual guilty of such crimes can often be difficult. In many instances, the person that committed such crimes against a plaintiff will simply not have the financial means to provide such restitution for the severe trauma a plaintiff has experienced. In Jeffrey Epstein’s case, his notable wealth places him in an able position to pay such restitution to those that have been victims of his sexual crimes.
Understanding The Difference Between Civil Lawsuits and Criminal Prosecution
When it comes to civil lawsuits against sexual offenders like Jeffrey Epstein, the legal process can be very different from what many people will expect based on perceptions based on how legal proceedings appear in the media. There is a big difference between civil law and criminal law.
The criminal prosecution against Jeffrey Epstein and similar sexual offenders focuses on proving a defendant’s guilt of crimes they have been alleged to have committed and to sentence them with the appropriate punitive measures appropriate for the severity of the crime. While this process brings criminals to justice by ensuring they suffer punitive consequences for their actions, criminal law does not provide for restitution and compensation to those a criminal may have caused damages. Civil law allows for plaintiffs to make a case for compensation and can seek this compensation from the party that was criminally charged as well as third-parties whose negligence contributed to the damages suffered by the plaintiff. Plaintiffs do not have to prove negligence beyond all reasonable doubt like the burden of proof in criminal law and many cases are settled out of court.
In Epstein’s case, the majority of civil cases levied against him after his conviction have been settled out of court. In addition to cases against Epstein, there is believed to be potential for civil lawsuits to be filed against third-parties that could have negligently contributed to Epstein’s victims being trafficked and sexually abused.
Seek an Experienced Florida Sexual Assault Attorney
If you or a loved one have suffered as a result of sexual assault and/or survived sexual trafficking then you are likely able to seek compensation for the damages you suffered through a civil lawsuit. Sexual assault and human trafficking affect not just individuals but whole families and even entire communities. Dolman Law Group provides expert legal representation to those seeking to hold those that sexually assaulted accountable for their actions.
By enlisting the legal assistance of Dolman Law Group’s experienced sexual assault attorneys, you are giving your case the best chance possible at recovering a settlement that you can be comfortable and satisfied with. Our lawyers have been serving the people of Florida for years by successfully securing settlements for sexual assault survivors from parties whose negligence allowed for such tragic experiences to occur. Dolman Law Group offers free consultations to those that are curious as to how we can assist in your sexual assault injury lawsuit. To contact Dolman Law Group you can either contact us online or call our office at (727) 451-6900.
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