Hazing Charges In South Carolina
In today’s world, charges of hazing are often brought against a fraternity or sorority willy-nilly. While we don’t condone hazing—and its effects can be reprehensible, it doesn’t mean you don’t deserve a defense or a future because one person’s actions can be held against you—even if you didn’t outright play a part in them. In fact, an accusation of hazing can lead to criminal charges as well as disciplinary actions from the college, and you may be seen as guilty (even if you’re not) in light of many of the hazing-related deaths that have happened around America.
Where Is Hazing Found?
Moreover, hazing isn’t simply restricted to Greek Life, though it seems to be a commonly-held perception. Hazing cases have also been found in the military, sports teams, the marching band, cults of the religious type, and a myriad of other organizations or teams. In college, 3 of 5 students said they’ve been hazed. And 47% of students say they experienced hazing before they even entered college. This should show that Greek Life is disproportionately affected by hazing allegations—and you deserve a strong defense.
But I Didn’t Participate Directly!
If your fraternity/sorority is accused of hazing (even if the action(s) in question were carried out by a single/small group of persons) the entire Greek organization could be facing academic probation, expulsion, loss of college/Fraternity House housing, financial aid, or other scholarships. This could affect your long-term security and ability to function in the “real world” by having a student honor code violation/disciplinary record.
But The “Hazed” Person Consented!
While these disciplinary charges can be detrimental, if criminal charges are filed, your future could tangibly be in jeopardy, too. Many don’t know that even if a “pledge” consents to the process, this can’t be used as a defense. This means the person who is hazed, even if they say “yes” fully, completely, and wholeheartedly, has their decision legally ignored. Years of tradition, teambuilding, and the new members’ own ability to say yes/no are completely ignored.
To make it even simpler, if someone consents to these acts, their saying “yes” can still result in criminal charges, college disciplinary charges, or civil charges being leveled against you.
I Need Help!
For experienced criminal defense attorneys who will fight for you against your charge of hazing, contact the Strom Law Firm, LLC today for a free consultation to discuss your arrest, possible defenses, and whether you may be eligible to have your charged reduced or even dismissed.