You’re out with your friends, having some drinks at a bar. It’s getting later and later, and you’re knocking back a few more beverages. So are the people around you, and the atmosphere is getting rowdy. One thing leads to another and before you know it, you are in an altercation with another patron. The situation escalates into physical blows—and that’s when you see the flashing lights of the police car.
A fun night out with friends has somehow evolved into a fight… and you could be facing criminal charges. In a situation like this, what should you do?
Cooperate with the authorities
The last thing you need is to agitate the police officers who have been called to the scene. Even if you are still angry or feel you have done nothing wrong, do not argue or raise your voice to police, and absolutely do not get physical. Remain calm, and cooperate with the authorities—even if they do arrest you. If you are arrested or charged with a criminal activity, contact a lawyer as soon as possible.
Seek medical attention
As soon as you can, seek medical attention for your injuries. This can be crucial for your defense if you end up with civil or criminal charges. It can also provide evidence if you pursue a lawsuit against the person who injured you. Not all injuries appear right away, so you should still seek medical attention even if you have no visible bruises or abrasions.
Consider your legal options
It is not uncommon for fights to result in charges of assault, battery, disturbing the peace or destruction of property. Even if you are facing serious consequences, your future is not necessarily in jeopardy. A skilled attorney can help defend you in court. If you have not been charged with a crime but are instead the injured party, an attorney can assist you in filing a lawsuit against the perpetrator or the property where the fight occurred.