If you are involved in a civil case, you should contact an attorney. There are many deadlines and time limitations that can affect your rights in a civil case, so consulting an attorney will help you understand your rights and obligations as well as your options for resolving the case. Everyone has the right to hire and appear in court with an attorney.
Our attorneys have the necessary experience, knowledge, and skill to help you resolve your civil case. Our attorney, Jesus F. Bujan, is a seasoned trial attorney with over 33 years of experience trying cases in state and federal court. Mr. Bujan has a vast trial experience in both non-jury, and jury trials. Mr. Bujan has also handled numerous appeal cases, and has brief and argued cases before the Circuit Court, the Court of Appeal, and the Florida Supreme Court.
Our legal system recognizes two kinds of law — civil and criminal. In civil cases, a person who feels wronged — called the “plaintiff” — brings legal action against a perceived wrongdoer to protect the plaintiff’s interests and, if appropriate, to collect damages. The person being sued is called the “defendant.” In a civil case, the person who feels wronged decides whether to bring suit and also decides how much money in damages to seek. In criminal cases, a victim of a crime does not sue, but rather the state (plaintiff) sues the person allegedly committing the crime (defendant), and the victim becomes a witness in the case.
In civil cases, if the defendant is found responsible, the court can enter a judgment for money damages, punitive damages, compensation for lost time/wages/income and/or reimbursement for certain costs, maybe even specific performance of something to be done that was not done. The court also can issue injunctions against the defendant restricting the defendant from some activity, and sometimes a court may enter a judgment awarding the plaintiff or the defendant for attorney’s fees. The judge cannot enter a judgment sending the defendant to jail or prison except in unusual cases in which the defendant may have violated a court order.
In a civil case, the person (or a company) who started the lawsuit (plaintiff) has the burden and obligation to prove the case with stronger evidence than the defendant has. This is called the “preponderance of the evidence” standard. In other words, for the plaintiff to win the case, the judge or a jury must believe that the weight of the plaintiff’s evidence is greater than the weight of the defendant’s evidence.
Our office handles the following litigation cases:
- Lender representation in Mortgage foreclosure
- Condominium association lien foreclosures
- Foreclosure defense
- Residential and commercial evictions
- Personal injury including personal injury resulting from car accidents, and slip and fall
- Litigation resulting from a purchase and sales contract
- Litigation pertaining to new construction
- Disputes involving division of real property
- Quiet title lawsuits
- Disputes involving debt
- Disputes involving breach of contract
- Stand your ground lawsuits
Please contact us for a free consultation with our dedicated and knowledgeable attorneys to help you with your legal needs. To schedule a free consultation with one of our attorneys, call us today at (305) 442-1439. To reach us via email, please fill out our online contact form available under the “Contact Us” tab, and a member of our staff will contact you promptly. We look forward to serving you.