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Understand Nevada’s Hazing Laws

Understand Nevada’s Hazing Laws

States across the country have been passing laws addressing hazing on college campuses. Hazing is defined by Nevada law as an activity in which a person intentionally or recklessly endangers the physical health of another person for purposes of initiation. Commonly, fraternities, sororities, and other academic and athletic groups at high schools and colleges practice hazing as an initiation ritual for new recruits.

Examples of hazing could include the following:

  • Whipping
  • Forced exercise
  • Exposure to the outdoors
  • Compelled intoxication
  • Forced consumption of food or drink
  • Sleep deprivation
  • Public humiliation

In 1999, Nevada’s state legislature passed a bill that imposes severe penalties on anyone convicted of hazing another person. If no substantial bodily harm results from the hazing, the charge is a misdemeanor; however, the crime becomes a gross misdemeanor if the hazing causes significant physical harm. Misdemeanors are punished with imprisonment up to 6 months and / or a fine up to $1,000. Gross misdemeanors are punished with imprisonment up to 1 year and / or a fine of up to $2,000. Hazing leading to death could also result in a charge of involuntary manslaughter or possibly even 2nd-degree murder. Homicide charges are felonies and can lead to extended prison sentences.

Our skilled Las Vegas college student defense lawyers are dedicated to providing aggressive and well-prepared advocacy for our clients. A hazing conviction on your record could prevent you from finding job and housing opportunities in the future. Let us see what we can do for you.

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