Is it illegal to dump water on someone that makes you mad in public?

Asked on October 15, 2014 under Personal Injury, Michigan


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 6 years ago | Contributor

Yes, it is illegal. Any kind of unwanted or unconsented touching, either directly or with a substance, or another person can be assault. And if the water damaged their belongings (e.g. a phone or iPod), you could be liable, or financially responsible for the damage. And if somehow they were injured--startled and fell; slipped on the water; etc.--and hurt themselves, you could be criminally and civilly liable for hurting them.

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