I am writing a piece of fiction in which the protagonist is put under house arrest after a bar brawl. This happens in modern-day Austria. House arrest means he is not allowed to leave the city without prior consulting with the police.
The protagonist does not have any prior convictions.
He is a foreigner and therefore may be a flight risk (because he can easily go back to his home country).
What kind of crime does the protagonist need to commit before, during, or after a bar brawl in order to be put under house arrest? Does the probability of getting house arrest increase, if he is rude to police during interrogation?
I see a spectrum here.
If he verbally insults someone in the bar, or spits in their face (but does nothing more than that), the probability of being put under house arrest is close to zero.
If he murdered someone during a fight, this would definitely lead to a house arrest or worse (e. g. he would be put into jail). The probability here is close to 100%.
Those are the extremes.
I need some crime between the extremes that
- is more serious than a verbal insult,
- less serious than a murder, and
- can lead the protagonist to be put under house arrest.
One idea is that he may break someone's arm without putting the victim's life in danger. Maybe the police could put him under house arrest until the doctors decide how dangerous that injury is to the victim.
We can assume that the police and other authorities are prejudiced against him because of his race. Therefore they can put him under house arrest even though this is unusual for this sort of crime. That is, that decision does not need to be fair.
The protagonist is not very eloquent, does not know the legal system well and therefore the police and other authorities can assume that if they put him under house arrest illegally, they will get away with it. That is, if they put him under house arrest illegally, they won't be punished for this and the likelihood of him fighting back in court is non-existent.
Your answer does not need to be 100% accurate, just believable.