Misunderstandings happen every day. However, how you handle or react to them can mean the difference between a productive conversation and an altercation. If you find yourself in the midst of conflict, without proper control, there may be legal repercussions in the Louisiana courts that are much worse than the original misunderstanding.
Reasons why misunderstandings occur
Misunderstandings often arise from a lack of effective communication. Each person may have their own version of events, or they may be interpreting what the other person said in a different way.
In addition, misunderstandings occur when people make assumptions about what the other person is thinking or feeling. For example, you may assume that your coworker is mad at you because they are not talking to you. However, they may just be having a bad day, and the situation may not have had anything to do with you.
In Louisiana, if a physical altercation does occur, there are laws that can come into play. For instance, if someone hits another person, that person may be able to sue them for assault and battery. The penalties for these charges can vary depending on the severity of the injuries and the presence of a weapon. If someone is seriously injured or killed as a result of the altercation, more serious charges, such as manslaughter, can ensue.
It is important to note that even if you did not start the altercation the court could still hold you responsible for your actions during it. If you throw a punch and hit someone, you can still face assault charges, even if the other person started the fight.
Possible legal defenses
If you were physically attacked and reasonably believed that you were in danger of harm, you or your criminal defense attorney might be able to use self-defense as a legal defense. Another possible defense is the defense of others. You can use it if you reasonably believe that someone else was in danger of getting hurt, and you intervened to help them.
If you find yourself in the middle of a misunderstanding, it is important to try and diffuse a situation before it gets out of hand. If you feel like an altercation is about to happen, walk away from the situation or call for help. Also, try to remain calm and not say or do anything that could escalate the situation.