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What is the difference between a civil citation and a criminal one

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just above the acknowledgement of complaint there are two bubbles one marked civil and the other criminal.

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A criminal matter involves the state or federal government as the prosecutiing party. The relief is usually to enforce some law that the defendant violated that leads to jail or prison.

A civil matter involves a plaintiff suing to enforce some law or legal action against a defendant. The relief is usually monetary in nature and does not involve jail or prison.