Accusation of a hate crime can ruin your reputation, employment status and otherwise negatively impact your life. Federal and California hate crimes laws provide harsh punishment for conviction of a hate crime. You can be charged with either a misdemeanor or felony and suffer significant fines. Schwartz & Powell will defend you against all charges.
California Hate Crimes (Penal Code §422.55, §422.6, §422.7, §422.75) - harming, threatening, harassment of someone because of the person's race, national origin, disability, religion, sex, gender or sexual orientation.
A hate crime is committed when one or more perceived or actual characteristics of the victim are:
Components of Hate Crimes:
• Physical assault
• Verbal abuse
• threats - phone calls, messages, letters, email, social media
• Defacing, damaging or destroying property thereby interfering with the free exercise/enjoyment of a person's constitutional rights
Federal Civil Rights Law: 1964 law prohibits willingly injuring, intimidating or interfering with another person by force or threat of force based on the person's race, religion, color or national origin. or if the person was engaged in, attempting to engage in a federally protected activity such as attending public school, applying for employment, voting, jury service, or using the goods, services, facilities, privileges, advantages, or accommodations of any public place. The Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act, signed in 2009 by President Obama, expands federal hate crimes laws.
It is traumatic and humiliating to be falsely accused of a hate crime. There are defenses against hate crime charges. As your lawyers we will bring all applicable defenses to the charges against you. Call Schwartz & Powell immediately if you or a loved one is charged with a hate crime.
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