Criminal law entails offenses committed against individuals. Unlike civil law where generally the person who has been harmed (has damages) brings a lawsuit, in criminal law, a Prosecutor decides whether to charge (prosecute) an individual. These offenses are generally divided into two categories: misdemeanors and felonies. Criminal law also includes rules of procedure that govern the investigation, prosecution, and trial. If you are facing criminal charges, it is important to seek the advice of an experienced, criminal defense attorney who can guide you through the legal process and protect your rights.