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    press charges against someone

    Lindsey Lohan to change name
    He said he would press charges against his ex-partner, Kate Major, and showed deep scratch marks to journalists.

    - press charges against someone
    - sue someone
    Do these mean the same thing?

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    Re: press charges against someone

    If I press charges against someone, I tell my story to the police, and do my best to ensure that the police prosecute (take legal action) against them.
    If I sue somebody, I personally (probably with the help of my solicitor) take legal action against them.

    Note! That is my layman's opinion. I am not an expert on legal terminology.

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    Re: press charges against someone

    Press charges normally refers to criminal law, while suing is civil- if you press charges for someone scratching you, you want them to face criminal charges. If you sue them, you want compensation.

    (Not a lawyer)

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