In this guest blog post from NYC federal criminal defense attorney Paul D. Petrus, Jr., we learn the consequences of engaging in fights at downtown nightclubs or bars.
When there is a fight in a nightclub, the instigators are usually arrested on the spot or immediately after being ejected from the building. Typical charges for fighting in a bar or nightclub include assault in the third degree, harassment, and misdemeanor charges.
Unfortunately, hiring a criminal lawyer to defend an assault charge cannot prevent a civil case from being filed. If the other person chooses to sue you for assault, a criminal lawyer cannot stop that from happening. However, a criminal lawyer can lessen the impact that a conviction would have on your civil case.
For example, any testimony you give in criminal court can be used against you in the civil case. Having a criminal defense lawyer advising you on your court appearances can significantly reduce the damages the criminal case will have on the civil case.