Is this considered assault on a minor?

My friend and I would like to spar (fight) for fun we both have martial arts experience. the only thing is I’m 18 and he is 17. Is it illegal for me to spar with him out side of a gym since either of us go to one any more.

Asked on July 2, 2009 under Personal Injury, Maine

Answers:

L.M., Member, California Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 11 years ago | Contributor

The legal definition of simple assault in Maine is any unwanted physical contact, even if no physical injury is suffered. And when the unwanted physical contact results in bruising or worse, the criminal ante is upped accordingly.  The scenario you describe is not unwanted physical contact, but mutually consensual martial arts sparring.  If, at an time, it becomes unwanted, then it may be construed as assault.

L.M., Member, California Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 11 years ago | Contributor

The legal definition of simple assault in Maine is any unwanted physical contact, even if no physical injury is suffered. And when the unwanted physical contact results in bruising or worse, the criminal ante is upped accordingly.  The scenario you describe is not unwanted physical contact, but mutually consensual martial arts sparring.  If, at an time, it becomes unwanted, then it may be construed as assault.


IMPORTANT NOTICE: The Answer(s) provided above are for general information only. The attorney providing the answer was not serving as the attorney for the person submitting the question or in any attorney-client relationship with such person. Laws may vary from state to state, and sometimes change. Tiny variations in the facts, or a fact not set forth in a question, often can change a legal outcome or an attorney's conclusion. Although AttorneyPages.com has verified the attorney was admitted to practice law in at least one jurisdiction, he or she may not be authorized to practice law in the jurisdiction referred to in the question, nor is he or she necessarily experienced in the area of the law involved. Unlike the information in the Answer(s) above, upon which you should NOT rely, for personal advice you can rely upon we suggest you retain an attorney to represent you.