Civil Compromise in a Misdemeanor Case

28 March 2012

In certain circumstances, when facing a criminal prosecution, it may be possible to get your case dismissed through a civil compromise.

A civil compromise is a procedure used by criminal courts to dismiss a case when the victim of the case has been made whole by any injuries occurred in the action.  Being “made whole” means to put the victim in the position as if the crime never occurred.  For example, paying the victim the cost for repairs needed for property damage.

A civil compromise is only available to misdemeanor offenses.  The victim must appear in court or have a signed declaration stating the victim has been made whole.  If the court accepts, the prosecution of the case shall halt and the charges shall be dismissed.

Usual cases for civil compromise include Hit & Run, Shoplifting, and Vandalism.

If you are facing a criminal charge, call the Law Offices of Nam Q. Doan | OC Legal Defense today at (714)248-DOAN(3626).  I can help you get your case dismissed.