Can you be arrested or got to jail for a verbal argument?

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Can you be arrested or got to jail for a verbal argument?

Can two teachers in a verbal argument be forced to resign or be arrested without being told what they would be charged with? And what would they be charged with

Asked on June 17, 2009 under Employment Labor Law, Georgia

Answers:

M.S., Member, Connecticut Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 11 years ago | Contributor

Getting into a verbal argument could potentially expose an individual to criminal liability.  Threatening, for example, is a crime.  Therefore, if one or both of the parties threatened each other, that party could be arrested for threatening.  If this argument took place in front of a child or children, it is possible that more serious charges, such as risk of injury to a minor, could also follow, depending on the particular facts alleged by the police.  Moreover, simple charges such as creating a public disturbance or breach of peace could result from a public verbal argument.  Finally, I do not see any reason why an employer could not take negative employment actions with respect to employees that act inappropriately by having public verbal arguments.  Thus, if you feel that your job or your rights are at risk I suggest you consult with and/or retain an attorney to represent you with respect to this matter.


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