Being accused of hazing someone in connection to a fraternity, sorority or some other school club or organization is not a minor thing here in Virginia. It can lead to a college student facing major consequences.
This includes criminal charges. This is because state law makes it a crime to commit hazing activities that cause bodily injury to a student.
What could being charged with violating this law against hazing lead to? Well, breaking this law is a Class 1 misdemeanor. This is the most serious of the main misdemeanor classes here in Virginia. Being convicted on this class of charge can lead to a fine of up to $2,500 and jail time of up to 12 months.
Additionally, having a hazing conviction on one’s record could have many long-term impacts for a college student. For one, it could end up severely hurting his or her career prospects.
In addition to criminal charges, allegations of hazing could also lead to college students facing disciplinary proceedings at their school. In such proceedings, expulsion or other serious sanctions can be on the table. So, a student’s educational future can be heavily affected by what happens in such proceedings.
So, facing hazing allegations is among the things that could put a college student’s goals and hopes for the future heavily at risk. Many different factors can impact what defense routes might be able to best help a college student protect his or her future when facing hazing charges. Defense attorneys can advise college students accused of hazing on what approaches may be most likely to help with their particular situation.