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Protecting Your Military Career From Hazing & Bullying Charges

In 2015, the Department of Defense issues a memorandum called "Hazing and Bullying Prevention and Response in the Armed Forces." To combat what was viewed as a rising issue among military personnel, the memorandum clearly defines both bullying and hazing and how leaders should respond when it is suspected or discovered. Those suspected of hazing or bullying often face a court-martial and ramifications that can alter or end their military career.

If you or a loved one have been accused of bullying or hazing while in the US Military, it is advised you speak to defense counsel. At The Hanzel Law Firm, we are well-versed in how our military processes these cases and seeks convictions against the accused. Our military hazing lawyers are ready to assess the details of your case and, if necessary, take aggressive steps to ensure that allegations against you are thoroughly countered.

Facing charges for hazing in the military? Call The Hanzel Law Firm today at (843) 202-4714 to speak with an experienced legal professional.

Understanding Military Hazing & Bullying

The military takes accusations of military hazing and bullying very seriously. Consequences can impact a servicemember's career and benefits. In order to prepare the best defense, one must first have a thorough understanding of how the UCMJ defines hazing and bullying.

What is military hazing?

Hazing is defined as abusive treatment that is inflicted on personnel in order for the personnel to "belong" to the larger group. The DoD was specific in its memo about when it believes hazing in the military can occur.

The memo defines hazing as physical or psychological injury inflicted for the purpose of:

  • Invitation
  • Admission
  • Affiliation
  • Change of status (promotion)
  • Continued membership

Whatr is military bullying?

Bullying is defined as an "act of aggression... with the intent of harming a military member... either physically or psychologically, without a proper military or other governmental purpose." If you have been named in a hazing or bulling inquiry, we invite you to contact our offices today.

Assessing Military Hazing & Bullying Charges

Hazing and bullying cases are handled differently depending on which branch of the military is handling the case and who the defendant is. For example, military hazing and bullying charges can fall upon servicemembers believed to be directly responsible for hazing and bullying or superior officers who are believed to have allowed the hazing and bullying to happen (or sanctioned it). The ongoing Parris Island case—which is considered to most significant hazing case in recent Marine Corps history—illustrates how seriously our military is beginning to take the allegations.

No matter what your rank or suspected involvement is, The Hanzel Law Firm is ready to hear your story. We can ensure that your role in the alleged incidents is not overstated by the prosecution and that, throughout every stage of your case, your rights, interests, and reputation are made a priority.

Do not hesitate to start learning about your defense options. Contact us today to request a free, 30-minute consultation with our team.

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    After serving on active duty, Attorney Michael Hanzel has since devoted himself to standing up for fellow servicemembers.

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    As JAG, Attorney Michael Hanzel swore an oath to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States. He will protect your rights and fighting for your freedom.

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    Our attorneys have seen the best and worst of our justice system. They will do what it takes to navigate you through its complexities.

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    With over a decade of experience in the military justice system, Attorney Michael Hazel has achieved outstanding results for our clients.

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