Fort Worth, TX asked in Criminal Law and Juvenile Law for Texas

Q: If a 17 year old wants to fight a 20 year old and it's mutual, will the 20yo get a charge?

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Herman Martinez

  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Houston, TX
  • Licensed in Texas

A: Please note that once a person turns 17 they are considered an adult in Texas. A mutual fight is typically not a crime. Nevertheless, if one person goes too far with the assault or takes out a deadly weapon during an assault that started without weapons it could rise to the level of a crime.

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Kiele Linroth Pace

  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Austin, TX
  • Licensed in Texas

A: If a fight is reported to police, it is impossible to predict who will be arrested, if anyone. The law recognizes consent as a justification for assaultive contact. Some officers will let it go as "mutual combat", while others will arrest the person who threw the first punch, and others will arrest the winner of the fight and consider the person with the biggest injury to be the "victim."

A proper legal defense is expensive, even if you are innocent... so the best approach is to simply avoid the fight.

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