Few other crimes arouse as much negative public attention and speculation as hate crimes. Unfortunately for the accused, negative publicity and media hype make it that much more difficult to receive a fair and just trial. To compound matters, because of their hostile and often violent nature, hate crimes carry severe consequencesincluding loss of employment, imprisonment, and more.
If you have been accused of a hate crime, nothing is more important than choosing a competent and aggressive criminal law attorney who will work tirelessly on your behalf. Please contact Imhoff & Associates today for a FREE case evaluation with a respected and proven criminal defense professional.
What is a Hate Crime?
A hate crime is different from other types of crime in that it involves the victimization of an individual(s) based on race, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, or similar group affiliation/status. Hate crimes take many forms but may include physical and/or verbal assault, vandalism, harassment, murder, and more.
Penalties & Punishments
The penalties and punishments associated with hate crimes depend on a number of factorssuch as prior convictions, probation or parole status, media attention, and other circumstancesbut may include:
- Prison sentence
- Loss of certain rights
- Heavy fines
- Mandatory rehabilitation
Building Your Legal Defense
At Imhoff & Associates, we understand the importance of building a strong legal defense for our clients. We know that a solid defense rests upon thorough research and preparation. As part of this process, we will interview potential witnesses, police officers, and prosecutors as well as negotiate possible solutions. In some cases, we are able to have the charges dismissed or penalties reduced.
If you have been charged with a hate crime, you need to seek experienced legal counsel immediately to ensure your rights are protected. Please contact us today for a complimentary consultation with a qualified and aggressive criminal defense attorney who can inform you of your legal rights and help you plan the best course of action.