Hazing is an age-old tradition which involves subjecting prospective members of an exclusive organization or club to various rites of passage. Today, this is most common in high school and college settings. Despite its ancient roots, hazing activities that can cause bodily harm are illegal in the state of New York. The main key to a successful defense against a hazing charge starts with an exceptional New York criminal defense firm. At Goldberger & Dubin, P.C., our attorneys have years of experience in criminal defense. We work tirelessly to pursue the best possible outcome on behalf of our clients and tailor-fit each case to their individual needs and circumstances.
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According to New York Penal Law §120.16, hazing occurs any time the initiation into an association or organization depends on the individual intentionally or recklessly engaging in activates which carry the risk of substantial physical injury to himself or others. Hazing in the first degree is a Class A misdemeanor.
Though hazing is classified as a misdemeanor under the law, make no mistake, a hazing conviction can have long-lasting consequences for any student or person. A conviction would go onto your public criminal record, and could affect long-term employment prospects and other financial opportunities.
There are various ways that our attorneys here at Goldberger & Dubin, P.C. can help defend you against a charge of hazing. For example, if someone were to suffer an injury during an initiatory rite of passage, we would look at factors such as:
If you have been accused of hazing, or even formally charged, it is in your best interest to work with our dedicated and qualified legal team to mount your defense.
As trusted and experienced New York criminal defense attorneys, we level the playing field on behalf of our clients. Everything we do is in the best interest of our client and in pursuit of the best possible outcome on their behalf. During every step of case proceedings, we educate our clients in the law, explaining and demystifying the legal process so that they know what to expect, and can make informed decisions about their future. Our firm's experience as former Assistant District Attorneys gives us an edge in court, because we know what direction the prosecution will pursue. Let us fight for your future!