Have You Been Accused of Hazing? Get Help with the Criminal and Scholastic Charges
Posted on: January 7, 2020
Being accused of hazing often has several parts: Criminal charges and potential school discipline. As you search for the right legal help, make sure you are choosing someone who can help with both. At Law Office of Michael L. Fell we are well-equipped to handle your school hearing and any criminal charges. Call us at (949) 585-9055 now to request a free case evaluation.
There Are Reasons for Initiation Traditions
The fact of the matter is that many different college student organizations have initiation traditions – including fraternities and sororities. In most cases, they are harmless, fun traditions that serve an important purpose: To boost bonding and unity in the group. However, these traditions do sometimes cross the line into hazing.
California has criminal laws that apply to hazing but it is often the case that a school’s rules and consequences regarding hazing are more significant than the legal ramifications. If you have been accused of hazing, know that your future is at stake – but also know that Attorney Fell is here to help.
We Can Help with School Administrative Hearings and/or Your Title IX Hearing
In today’s climate, schools often act very aggressively if there is an accusation of hazing. They want to punish those who are at fault in order to reduce the bad press they are likely to get. This may seem like the right time to do but in some cases it can lead to unfair treatment of the accused. In some cases, schools are more concerned with damage control than they are with finding the truth and having an impartial hearing.
This can lead to serious consequences up to and including expulsion. However, when the student in question has Attorney Fell on their side, school administrators may be more likely to follow proper ethical standards. They may take extra steps to ensure the case is heard impartially and that a fair punishment is doled out.
We Can Help with Criminal Charges
Additionally, hazing may lead to criminal charges. Note that hazing is not against the law but some of the results may be such, such as bodily injury. If anyone was hurt or killed during the hazing then you could face charges for assault and battery or, in the worst-case scenario, manslaughter. You can also be charged with providing alcohol to a minor if anyone underage was drinking at the time.
As is true of the school administrative hearing, you can count on Law Office of Michael L. Fell to be by your side for these charges. Contact us at (949) 585-9055 now if you are in need of a free legal consultation. We can help you determine the best way to proceed based on the specific charges or accusations against you.