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When the Holidays Fight Back

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When the Holidays Fight Back

The holidays can be a wonderful time for families. They provide the opportunity to get together, spend time with one another, and enjoy each other’s company. Thanksgiving in particular allows plenty of conversation, fellowship, and quality time spent together.  Unfortunately, Thanksgiving can also be a time where conversations can turn into arguments, discussions can become heated and angry debates, and tempers can flare. What begins as a casual conversation about politics or family dynamics can quickly escalate into a full-fledged verbal war.

In some instances, this verbal war can transition into a physical confrontation. This is especially true for those situations in which alcohol is involved and judgement is compromised. These types of situations can become remarkably volatile and, sadly, repressed family strife may finally boil over into a less than ideal situation. All too often across the country there are stories about a nice family holiday that took a dramatic and dire turn for the worse.  We all know that too much wine can lead to liquid courage. That liquid courage can turn into threats. Threats that cause another person to reasonably fear imminent bodily injury constitute the crime of assault in Tennessee. Assault is a class A misdemeanor that is punishable by up to 11 months and 29 days in jail.

Sometimes these family squabbles or full on fights cannot be managed internally. Situations can become so tense and fraught with anger and aggression that a member of the family, or a neighbor hearing what is going on, may feel the need to call the police. Police involvement in these moments can often result in domestic charges. If Chattanooga law enforcement is called to a scene where there are allegations of domestic assault, they are required to make an arrest. Sometimes, when they cannot determine the initial aggressor, both parties are taken to jail.

When the more serious charges result, some family members may suddenly find themselves behind bars and dealing with significant legal consequences. Obviously occurrences like these put a significant damper on the holiday and may result in long-term damage to the family dynamic and structure.

This Thanksgiving, it is important to remember to do your best to limit or minimize confrontations and serious arguments. This is especially true in those instances where one or more people may have had too much to drink. Strive to create and maintain the peace as best you can.  

However, if you are unable to do so and consequently find yourself or a family member dealing with the police, there is help available. The legal team at Best Hayduk Brock has the experience and the knowledge to work with you or your family member to find the best possible resolution to the resulting charges. Whether you or a family member are facing disorderly conduct charges, domestic assault charges, aggravated assault, or something else, Best Hayduk Brock can help. This Thanksgiving, take the time to enjoy and appreciate your family. But, if something goes wrong, know that there is a legal team here in Chattanooga, Tennessee that can help you and your family deal with the fallout.  For more information please visit https://bestlawhb.com

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