OJ Simpson killed his wife and it was a civil offense. Whether a violation/crime is a civil offense or a criminal has no bearing on it's severity. I can trespass at the Richmond oil refinery and it's a criminal offense, but I can blowup several people in San Bruno and it's a civil offense.
The reason why illegal aliens are processed in "civil" or actually "special" courts is because they are not under the jurisdiction of US law, and have no right to representation by an attorney.
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