Anthony Michael Hall, star of "The Breakfast Club," "Weird Science" and "Sixteen Candles" among other projects, has pled no contest to a misdemeanor assault charge. He had been facing a felony charge of battery for an altercation in which his neighbor sustained a broken wrist and a back injury.
In Maryland, domestic violence charges are governed by the state's assault laws. This means that even if your domestic dispute didn't result in any physical harm, you can be charged with assault. If physical harm did result, or if a weapon was used, you could be facing felony assault charges.
The holiday season is one of the most stressful times of the year. When family relationships are strained, getting together for holidays - like Thanksgiving - can be anything but relaxing and joyful. It's not uncommon for family disputes to erupt. Unfortunately, it's a small step from verbal fights to threats and physical violence - especially when alcohol is involved as it often is during holiday celebrations.