Rancho Cucamonga Hazing Defense Lawyers
California Penal Code 245.6 Offenses
Hazing is a serious offense under state laws. Given the potential danger
of hazing crimes, at least 44 states have passed laws criminalizing the
act. California is one of these states. Under
California Penal Code, Section 245.6, hazing is defined as
any method of initiation or preinitiation into a student organization or
student body, whether or not the organization or body is officially recognized
by an educational institution, which is likely to cause serious bodily
injury to any former, current, or prospective student of any school, community
college, college, university, or other educational institution in this
state. The term "hazing" does not include customary athletic
events or school-sanctioned events.
With current juvenile practices and activities being scrutinized by the
media and by the authorities, hazing charges are not something to be ignored.
If not handled properly, hazing crimes can lead to jail time and hefty
fines. If you or your loved one has been charged with a hazing offense,
it is important that you seek legal counsel. Our Rancho Cucamonga hazing
defense attorneys at Chung & Ignacio have a comprehensive understanding
of the state’s penal code. We can help clients potentially reduce
or drop the charges against them.
our Rancho Cucamonga firm today for more information!
Consequences of Hazing Offenses
Hazing charges are considered “wobbler” offenses under California
law. This means that the charge can be classified as either a misdemeanor
or felony. The extent of damage and pain caused by the crime dictates
which category the offense falls under. However, it is important to understand
that both misdemeanors and felonies are serious situations, especially
for young adults. These offenses show up on your records and can affect
your academic, professional, and personal goals.
In general, hazing crimes are considered misdemeanors. Under the penal
code, however, if a death or extensive physical or mental damage occurs,
the prosecutors can fight it as a felony charge. If convicted, the defendant
can face serious penalties.
Hazing penalties include:
one year of jail time
A fine ranging between
$100 - $5,000
If convicted of a felony, up to
16 months, 2 years, or 3 years of jail time
It is important to note that the age of the defendant matters in these
cases. Normal hazing charges involve youths in school. If the person accused
is under 18 years old, they will be tried in the California juvenile court
system. All other cases are tried in the California criminal courts. With
hazing charges, you need someone who is familiar with both courts. At
Chung & Ignacio, we are! Not only are we comfortable working with
both courts, we are particularly knowledgeable with the Rancho Cucamonga
courts and the judges that preside there. This can help give you an advantage
in your case.
Can You Afford Not to Call Us?
Hazing charges are considered criminal offenses. If you are convicted,
not only will you have to serve jail time and pay fines, you will also
have it noted on your criminal record. That means when you apply to schools,
jobs, and other professional goals, the organization will be notified.
That is why, if you or a loved one has been charged with a hazing crime,
it is imperative that you hire experienced legal counsel who can represent
your interests. At Chung & Ignacio, our qualified attorneys have access
to resources and services not available to others. Allow our Rancho Cucamonga
hazing defense attorneys to fight for your rights.
Call today at (909) 726-7112 to schedule a free consultation today!