Civilian attacks military personnel and engages fight?

Asked 9 months ago - Arlington, VA

US army soldier on holiday block leave in his hometown and gets into confrontation with another civilian
What will happen if a military personnel gets beaten by civilian? Military doesn't fight back, and ends up with bruises on his face arms and legs. Can a civilian be charged with destruction of government property?

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  1. Rixon Charles Rafter III

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    Answered . Has nothing to do with active duty status. Its a civilian police matter, nothing more.

    Report the assault if you are the Soldier.

    If you are the attacker, you should get a criminal defense attorney if you are charged and speak to no one about the incident.

    NOT LEGAL ADVICE. FOR EDUCATION AND INFORMATION ONLY. DO NOT RELY ON ANY ADVICE YOU RECEIVE FROM ME OR ANY OTHER... more
  2. William Emil Cassara

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    Answered . The soldier's military status is irrelevant. The civilian can be charged with assault.

    This post is for information purposes only and does not constitute legal advice, nor does it establish an attorney... more
  3. Timothy James Bilecki

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    Answered . This is a serious forum for military personnel to get answers to legal questions. Please do not waste attorney's time by posting questions like this.

    THIS POST PROVIDES GENERAL GUIDANCE AND DOES NOT, IN ANY WAY, FORM AN ATTORNEY - CLIENT RELATIONSHIP WITH THE... more

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