You file a motion to stay the civil proceeding citing to the pending criminal action. An attorney would be helpful to assemble a motion because he can research cases that support the idea that a pending civil cannot proceed simultaneously with a criminal action because of the unfair discovery advantage.
However, matrimonial actions will not stay while a criminal action is pending for a domestic vioence charge or charges. The idea here is to pressure the defendant into tanking his case (or both cases) to speed the matter to resolution.
So by not telling us the nature of your cases, you have an innaccurate answer.
You can make a motion to stay the civil case but the Judge has discretion whether or not to grant it.
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I understand what you are trying to achieve, yet, as you may correctly infer, both of your cases require a criminal defense attorney and competent civil litigation counsel to facilitate your objectives by coordinating both cases timelines to the most beneficial result for you.
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