Some Arizona residents might be aware that civil and criminal matters are handled in different courts. While prosecutors work on behalf of communities to bring charges against people suspected of criminal activity, civil matters can be brought by anyone who has been legally wronged by another person. A question sometimes arises regarding if a person has any civil remedies when he is harmed by a criminal act.
The case of former NFL star Aaron Hernandez sheds some light on one way that this question can be answered. Hernandez was arrested for his suspected connection to several murders and has been incarcerated due to the criminal matters he is facing. However, family members of the deceased individuals have recently filed civil charges against him in an effort to recover the damages he caused.