Were fist fights less criminal in previous decades?

I've heard people who are older explain that getting in a fight was a slap on the wrist compared to now where it results in criminal charges and fines, hiring expensive attorneys etc. Is there any truth to this? Specifically the 80s-early 90s.

4 Answers

  • No

    This is one of those stupid nostalgia rumors.

  • 2 years ago

    It was more acceptable, yes.

  • 2 years ago

    Mutual combat, where both parties agree (perhaps on the spur of the moment) is not a battery or an assault. It can be disorderly conduct or such.

    Mutual combat ("let's go outside to settle this") was not common, but not unheard off in prior decades.

    (One of my favorite country music lyrics is "Don't you know what parking lots are for?")

  • Anonymous
    2 years ago

    Law changes.

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