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How much trouble can I get into for getting into a fight in public?

Me and my buddies were out on Saturday evening barhopping. At the third or fourth bar we went to there was a group of kids who started beef with us outside. It ended it a brawl between us and them. I took some hits and knocked one guy down on the ground. Those guys took off and then a few minutes later the cops showed up and asked us what happened then arrested one of my buddies then let him go after a few hours. How much trouble will he get in, and do you think they'll charge me too?

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    Tonya Meehan-Corsi | Liebler Connor Berry & St. Hilaire
    1141 N. Edison, Ste. C
    Kennewick, WA 99336
    (509) 735-3581
    The police can investigate for 90 days to determine whether to charge someone. Sometimes local defendants aren't charged for close to a year though. The assault charge would likely depend upon how injured the other person was. It could be a misdemeanor assault 4 or a felony assault if he had bruising or required medical attention. You may have a self defense or defense of others argument.
    Answer Applies to: Washington - Replied: 3/20/2013
    Craig Andersen | Andersen Law PLLC
    10000 NE 7th Ave Suite 330B
    Vancouver, WA 98685
    (360) 397-0111
    It depends on the evidence. How old were the kids? If they were under 18, you could be charged with felony assault of a child. However, you could use self-defense if the facts support that defense. The likelihood of charges will depend on the evidence.
    Answer Applies to: Washington - Replied: 3/20/2013
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