My family’s small retail business was robbed of $100,000 worth of merchandise. There is a video of the convicts assaulting my family member and stealing our merchandise which was not insured. The convicts plead guilty and were sentenced to 2-3 years in state prison even though the charges could have carried up to two life terms each. The count of assault and battery was dropped from sentencing even though you can see it on the surveillance video. The judge also did not ask the convicts to provide restitution even though this was requested by the DA.
1. How much does it generally cost to win a civil lawsuit and how long to reach a verdict?
2. Would it make monetary sense to avoid the cost of a civil lawsuit and take the criminals to small claims court for $7,000/each?