Hazing: Harmless Prank Or Serious Crime?

Last updated on October 4, 2022

In the past, joining a sports team, fraternity or sorority in college was a rite of passage that included some sort of hazing ritual. Whether an athletic feat, a silly prank or a test of loyalty, most people viewed them as good-natured bonding exercises. Unfortunately, in a few isolated instances, these activities have resulted in injury to a participant. Now public opinion has shifted away from acceptance of many of these activities.

If you or your child is facing criminal charges for instigating a hazing activity, you may feel like no one is on your side and your future has ended before it even began. Rest assured, however, that you do have criminal defenses available.

At Bellwoar Kelly, LLP, we represent college students from colleges throughout southeastern Pennsylvania. We understand how to handle these cases and know what you are going through. Our attorneys have decades of combined legal experience and have helped countless clients protect their future and their education.

Criminal Charges Vs. Administrative Proceedings

You may face criminal charges or administrative disciplinary proceedings from your school or both. We can help you on both fronts. Your criminal defense is important to protect you against fines and jail time and any adverse effect on your academic career and beyond. We will fight for your future.

If your college starts disciplinary actions against you, you may face suspension or expulsion from school. You have a right to an attorney during this process, and you should have one. We can help you navigate hearings and negotiate with school officials to minimize any delays in your education. Our attorneys understand how this process works and can help you build a case to defend your future.

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We know you have questions. Schedule a free initial consultation at one of our three convenient locations to find out how the attorneys at Bellwoar Kelly, LLP can help you. Call 610-314-7066 or fill out our online form today.