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Q: Can two people legally fist fight if they both consent

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James L. Arrasmith
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A: In Ohio, as in many states, consenting to a physical fight does not necessarily make it legal. Even if both parties agree to a fist fight, it can still be considered a breach of the peace or a violation of public order laws.

The legal system generally discourages acts of violence, regardless of mutual consent. This is because such acts can lead to serious injuries and have broader public safety implications.

If a fight results in significant injury, both participants could face legal consequences, including charges of assault. It's important to consider that law enforcement and the courts may not view the mutual consent as a valid defense in such cases.

In summary, while mutual consent might seem like a justification, it's best to avoid physical fights to steer clear of potential legal troubles. If you're facing legal issues related to this matter, it's advisable to consult with an attorney for guidance specific to your situation. Remember, there are always non-violent ways to resolve disputes.

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