North Branch, MN asked in Criminal Law and Juvenile Law for Minnesota

Q: What would be my consequences if I fought a person in school i'm a high school senior and he is a junior

I'm going to fight this kid and I hate the unknown so what will the consequences be

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Thomas C Gallagher
Thomas C Gallagher
  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Minneapolis, MN
  • Licensed in Minnesota

A: One can never know for sure the future consequences of our actions. But fighting someone outside of a combat sports athletic context could be charged as an assault crime in Minnesota. The severity level of the criminal charge could depend upon several factors, including the level of harm. People have been killed in street fights, even where the surviving combatant had specifically intended to kill. Such cases have been charged criminal under one of the homicide crimes (murder, manslaughter). For example, someone gets knocked out, falls and hit their head on the pavement and dies of a head injury. Self-defense requires the person claiming it to retreat if they can from the conflict, and basically requires the person to have been a reluctant participant after attempting to flee or avoid the fight. I would suggest finding another way to resolve conflict. If you want to fight in a safer manner, get into martial arts and combat sports -- all of which have a code of honor and safety as a priority.

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