Although it has since been revealed to be a hoax put on by an ad agency,
the internet was abuzz recently about the “Tinder of fighting.”
This (fake) app will let you “match up” with other people
in your area who are looking for someone to fight. The marketing claimed
that users can input stats like weight and ability, and the system will
find other nearby fighters who would make a good match.
Would Such an App Be Legal?
While the app itself would be of questionable legality, actually using
the app for its intended purpose would overwhelmingly likely be a violation
of state law.
- One law which using the app could violate is California Penal Code 4151,
the statute which covers the crime of disturbing the peace. If you fight,
or challenge someone to fight, in a public place, you could face disturbing
the peace charges.
If you hurt the other party, or even if you intend to, you can be charged
and convicted of assault and/or battery,
even if the other party doesn’t want to press charges. Police officers can make an arrest even when the fight was consensual
(although this typically does not occur unless one party is seriously injured).
These crimes are all typically misdemeanors at minimum, but assault or
battery can be charged as a felony in certain circumstances. Unless you
are a licensed fighter participating in a fight that has been sanctioned
by the California State Athletic Commission, the potential consequences
are too high to risk fighting.
Call Our Riverside Criminal Defense Attorney Today
If you’re facing criminal charges, turn to our experienced team at
the Law Offices of Paul Grech. Attorney Grech is a former prosecutor,
giving him unique insight into how the state will build their case against
you. When you retain our firm, you can expect aggressive, committed defense
from a Riverside criminal defense lawyer who truly cares about defending
your rights and freedom.
Accused of a crime? Call (951) 291-0105 today for
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