Q: If I get into a fist fight with my girlfriends brother in their parents house, what happens if police get called?
Unless you are acting in self defense (acting reasonably against an imminent threat of injury to you or another) and did not provoke the fight, you could be charged with a wide range of offenses, depending on the severity of any injuries inflicted. A simple shove or push that does not cause pain could result in a misdemeanor harassment charge, a shove, push, punch, or something similar that causes pain could result in a misdemeanor assault charge, and anything that results in a more serious injury (like a missing tooth, broken nose or jaw) would be a felony assault charge. Using a weapon could also result in more serious charges.
If you are charged, you will likely be arrested and have to post a bond.
Even a misdemeanor assault charge resulting from a simple fist fight can carry significant jail time and is very easy to accidentally inflict an injury like a broken nose that will result in a felony charge.Unless you are in a situation where physical force is truly necessary in self-defense, best to avoid trading blows.
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