Hate crime charges can be levied at both the state and federal level. If you are faced with such serious allegations or charges, contact the San Diego criminal defense attorneys at the Law Offices of Bradley R. Corbett immediately.
What is a Hate Crime and How Can a Criminal Defense Lawyer Help?
A hate crime is described as one “that is committed…in whole or in part…because of one or more of the following actual or perceived characteristics of the victim”:
- Disability – Both mental or physical
- Gender – Male, female or the identity-related to their appearance and behavior
- Race and Ethnicity
- Sexual Orientation
While it can be a very serious charge, it is not uncommon to be wrongfully accused of hate crimes due to false accusations, a rush to judgment, or even misidentification. It’s important to remember that a hate crime can also be tried at a federal level, although federal hate crime prosecution is usually reserved for states that do not currently have their own hate crime legislation.
Penalties for hate crimes in the state of California can range from assigned community service and fines of up to $5,000 to full prison sentences and fines of up to $10,000. Aggravating factors related to the charge can add additional fines and penalties. Don’t leave your freedom to chance — contact the Law Offices of Bradley R. Corbett for an in-depth consultation from a San Diego hate crime attorney today. We treat each client and case with confidentiality and work to help ensure the best possible result.