Civil Actions (Compensation) for Criminal Acts

RC 2307.60 allows for the recovery of monetary compensation for criminal acts, including attorney fees and punitive damages if the plaintiff has ample evidence.

Must the defendant be convicted of the crime for the statute to apply? The Ohio Supreme Court says no.

In Buddenberg v. Weisdack, 2020-Ohio-3832, the Ohio Supreme Court held that the defendant need not be actually convicted of the crime; it is enough if the defendant violated a criminal statute and caused injury.