No they are not "fines." Fines are for criminal cases but they do have to pay LARGE penalties. Penalty refers to civil cases. This is American legal terms other countries may be different.
Do NOT listen to Paddy, sorry but he is WRONG about this.
Wrong, inccorect, and erroneous
According to law.com, an American legal site, you have once again posted false information. "Penalties" are also for criminal cases, not only civil cases.http://dictionary.law.com/Default.aspx?selected=1491
n. 1) in criminal law, a money fine or forfeiture of property ordered by the judge after conviction for a crime.
Furthermore, according to http://www.findlaw.com
, which is also a reference for American law, you have also once again posted incorrect
information. "Fines" can be paid in civil cases.http://dictionary.lp.findlaw.com/script ... f157d3b9d2
2: a forfeiture or penalty paid to an injured party in a civil action
(Helpful post #33 - although some might construe this as a little direct and unflattering, it still definately qualifies as helpful)This post does not create an attorney-client relationship with any reader. In other words, I’m not your lawyer. In fact, we don't know each other. If you need personalized legal advice, contact an attorney in your community. You shouldn't rely on my posts for your legal advice. And you definatley shouldn't rely on Paddy's posts for your legal advice.