One of the most controversial and harshly prosecuted crimes is that of a hate crime. A hate crime is termed as such as it is a crime done against either an individual or a group of people based solely on either their race, religion, sexual orientation or another defining factor. Nearly half of committed hate crimes are based solely on race. Many people view the action of a hate crime as a direct assault of the values of America as the country is founded on the beliefs of equality and freedom for all.
For this reason, those who are charged with a hate crime should realize that they are facing severe penalties. Hate crimes can either be tried as a misdemeanor or a felony, based solely on the severity of the alleged crime. Examples of hate crimes include such things as forcefully injuring another party, threatening, defacing property, and desecrating a religious symbol. If you have been wrongfully accused of a hate crime, you cannot leave your future up to chance. It is of vital importance that you do not hesitate to contact a skilled criminal defense lawyer as quickly as possible.
At Okabe & Haushalter, we have the knowledge and resources needed to successfully defend those who have been accused of hate crimes. If you are convicted, you can face life-altering consequences, with punishments such as extended imprisonment and steep monetary fines. These should not be taken lightly; you need to ensure that you are being given the comprehensive, tenacious legal defense that you deserve.
Have you been accused of a hate crime? Don’t wait another minute; contact a Los Angeles criminal attorney for the legal defense and representation you need.