I have a question regrading civil liability in a self-defense situation. Though I have never been in one, and hope not to.
Let’s say you were in a clear case of self-defense where you were attacked in your home after a forced entry. Maybe you are even in a castle doctrine and stand-your-ground state. You kill the attacker and the self defense action is ruled as justified.
But now the attacker’s family brings a civil lawsuit against you. And pardon my naivety here. You needed an attorney and big bucks (you hopefully had insurance) to defend yourself in court for the criminal lawsuit. And you’ll also need the same for the civil lawsuit. My question is, where does the attacker’s family get the funds to finance the civil lawsuit? Are the legal costs to prosecute in a civil case equivalent to the legal costs to defend yourself in a civil case? Or are prosecuting attorneys in such a case likely to not charge a fee unless they win?
Does the “bad guy” have no shortage of cash and legal representation in the civil lawsuit, or am I badly mistaken? Thanks for any help.