If you are like many residents of Florida, you do not spend a lot of time in the courts. Therefore, you may not realize who you are up against when you file a personal injury claim or mount a criminal defense.
In a legal action, it would usually benefit you to know the motivations and tactics of the opposing party. Here are some key concepts that you may want to know before you begin thinking about your case.
One of the most common types of civil law case is personal injury. As a plaintiff in these cases, you would be contributing to making Florida a safer place by requesting that negligent parties pay for injuries they caused you.
Because of this, you may assume that the main opponent and most personal injury cases would be the negligent party. However, it is often the case that that parties' insurance companies also have legal representation and are among of the main forces opposing your claim.
In criminal cases, such as those involving drunk driving or drug charges, you would probably be opposing the state of Florida. You may also face charges from the federal government in some situations. Even in a scenario in which a direct victim was involved, you would still have the state as the other side of your case, not the victim. As explained on FindLaw, the state attorney would represent the interests of the government and use public resources to help support his or her arguments.
As you can see, these two types of cases are much different then they may appear on the surface. Once you realize the motivation of state attorneys and insurance defense lawyers, you could be in a position to act on that information in such a way that facilitates negotiations, informs strategy and predicts your opponents' tactics. However, every case is different and this is only general information. Please do not think of it as legal advice of any kind.