Criminal law exists in order to differentiate between violations of certain kinds of existing laws, particularly civil law. Criminal law crimes will include all violations of laws that are included and written into existing statutes. Civil law will entail violations of laws in terms of agreements.
Criminal law crimes usually consist of those that involve some sort of deviant or illegal behavior. Examples of criminal law crimes can include murder, robbery, assault, and battery. Civil law will consist of disputes between individuals, such as divorce, contract disagreements, and issues with real estate.
However, there are times when criminal law and civil law may intersect. In general terms, criminal law deals with crimes that are considered to be more severe, and thus, also incur the most serious punishments. Punishment in criminal law crimes will usually be in the form of fines and incarceration, depending on the seriousness of the crime. Fines are most commonly involved in civil law cases.