You will find legal, sanctioned boxing matches, kickboxing tournaments, and mixed martial arts (MMA) bouts occurring year-round throughout Indiana. But is it legal for two average Joes to duke it out, so long as both parties consent to the fight?
Very few states condone mutual combat at the legislative level, and Indiana is not one of them.
Mutual combatants in states like Washington and Texas can legally engage in physical combat without fear of legal repercussions. While there may be consequences if the fight disturbs the peace or involves deadly weapons, the laws are relatively straightforward (and permissive).
Indiana has no such law, which means you subject yourself to potential criminal penalties when you engage in mutual combat.
A responding law enforcement officer has broad discretion when they encounter two combatants and may determine the following:
An officer could charge each party with a relatively minor offense, such as disturbing the peace. Or, an officer could see that one party lost the fight (perhaps badly) and choose to charge the other party with a serious offense, like battery.
While you will be charged with something formal (like battery rather than “fighting”), you can face criminal charges because you chose to fight someone else. The details of your case will determine all potential defenses, but we may argue that:
Each fighting-related case is unique, so each legal defense must reflect the details of each fight and criminal charge.
Our attorneys will defend you from any criminal charges resulting from a consensual fight in Indiana. Authorities must handle your case in a fair, measured manner, and we will ensure that they do.