Nevada Hazing Law
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Hazing is considered tradition among various clubs and teams in high schools and universities. However, the act commonly results in severe injuries and fatalities. In Nevada, any student convicted of hazing faces jail or prison time, fines, and a permanent mark on your criminal record that could ruin their reputation and future.
If you are accused of hazing that caused injury or death, Turco & Draskovich are dedicated to helping you obtain the most favorable outcome possible in your case. Our goal with student clients is to try to keep their record as clean as possible so their education and future are not in jeopardy.
Hazing is defined as an activity in which an individual intentionally or recklessly endangers the physical health of another person for the purpose of initiation into or affiliation with a student organization, athletic team, or academic association at a high school or university in the United States. This criminal act can be inflicted by both student members of the club and by adult coaches or mentors.
- Common examples of hazing include:
- Forced consumption of alcohol, drugs, food, drinks, or any other substance
- Forced exercise
- Beating or whipping
- Public humiliation
- Sleep deprivation
- Unreasonable exposure to the outdoors
The criminal punishment for hazing in Las Vegas depends on whether the victim got seriously harmed. If hazing did not result in substantial bodily harm, it is a misdemeanor offense that is punishable by a maximum jail sentence of six months and fines of up to $1,000. Alternatively, if hazing causes substantial bodily harm, it is a gross misdemeanor which results in a maximum jail sentence of 364 days and fines of up to $2,000.
Lastly, if hazing causes death, Nevada may bring charges of involuntary manslaughter or second-degree murder. These homicide charges are associated with felony penalties of extensive prison sentences.
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