“Civil cases are where people have a disagreement with other people or businesses, or where people think the government is doing something wrong. Civil cases usually involve disputes about money, services, or rights. Civil cases include landlord/tenant issues, used car issues, divorce and custody, domestic violence, unemployment compensation, public benefits, etc.
Criminal cases are where the government charges a person with a crime, such as speeding, robbery, trespass, shoplifting, assault, murder, etc. Criminal cases may carry the risk of jail or a prison sentence. The Office of the Public Defender represents low income people on criminal cases.”