Every year, there are more than 800,000 reports of physical assault and battery offenses in the United States. There are a number of incidents that constitute an assault/battery charge including fighting, sexual assault, and domestic violence.
Fighting is one of the most common assault/battery offenses and can range in significance from a small misdemeanor to a serious felony that may result in prison time. If you or someone you love has been charged with a fighting offense, it is important to seek legal advice. Please contact us today to speak to a qualified criminal law attorney who can assess your case to determine your legal options.
What is a fighting offense?
In almost all states, any physical altercation inflicted by one party against another may be grounds for a criminal charge. This includes:
- When one party attempts to or does physically strike another party
- When one party threatens to inflict immediate physical harm on another party
- When one party intentionally injures another party
- When one party causes injury with a deadly weapon
Fighting charges most frequently occur when actual contact was made between the individuals, which results in the need for medical attention. Under these circumstances, criminal fighting charges may be brought against any party who participated in the fight. Additionally, the injured party may file a civil claim against the other to seek monetary compensation. Fighting charges may be pressed in the event of bar fights, school fights, domestic disputes between family members, and more.
Consequences of fighting
While a fighting offense may seem like an inconsequential charge, a fighting conviction may lead to a number of penalties including fines, probation, community service, anger management classes, counseling, imprisonment, and more.
In some cases, a fighting charge may be dropped after an arrest or be prosecuted as a misdemeanor. However, in more serious cases where a weapon was involved or there was severe bodily harm, the fighting charge can be prosecuted as a felony and lead to significant consequences, including up to 15 years in prison.
Fighting convictions are usually more serious for people who have had prior convictions, particularly if there is a history of fighting. It is vital to contact a criminal law attorney who can protect your best interests.
Have you been charged with a fighting offense?
In some instances, a fighting charge is the result of self-defense, defending another person or property, and more. If you or a loved one has been charged with a fighting offense, it is important to contact an experienced criminal law attorney who can investigate your case to help dismiss or reduce the charges.
A qualified attorney will aggressively represent you to ensure you legal rights and interests are fully protected. Please contact us today to speak to a qualified and experienced criminal law attorney FREE of charge.
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