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Serving Yolo County including: West Sacramento, Woodland & Davis California
Hate crimes with a race, ethnicity, or national origin bias are consistently the most common type of hate crime, accounting for 57.5 percent of all hate crime events in 2011. Hate crimes with a sexual orientation bias were the second most common type of hate crime, comprising 23 percent. The third most common type of hate crime, comprising 16.9 percent of all hate crimes reported in 2011, were religious based hate crimes.
A hate crime is a serious offense with serious consequences. According to the State of California Department of Justice, hate crimes are criminal acts or attempted criminal acts against an individual, a group of individuals, or society as a whole, because of their actual or perceived race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, or disability. The victim of a hate crime can also be a business or institution.
There are federal and state laws that protect individuals from hate crimes and penalize those that commit such crimes. The district attorney’s office considers any one of the following acts as a hate crime:
- Using force or threatening to use force to injure, intimidate, or interfere with another person who is exercising his or her constitutional rights;
- Defacing or damaging another person’s property to intimidate or interfere with that person’s free exercise of his or her constitutional rights;
- Desecrating a religious symbol or displaying a swastika on another person’s property with the intent to terrorize another person; and
- Vandalizing, burning, or bombing a church, synagogue, mosque, or other house of worship to terrorize other persons.
The Bane Civil Rights Act protects people from hate crimes. It also provides that victims may pursue either civil remedies or criminal penalties, or both. They may also file complaints with the Attorney General’s Civil Rights Enforcement Section.
If you have been charged with a hate crime, there are several serious penalties and punishments that you may face. You may be charged with a misdemeanor and/or felony offense, which depends on the circumstance of your case, prior criminal history, and jurisdiction. For example, the penalty for a felony charge as defined by California law P.C. 422.75, are 1, 2 or 3 years in prison, if the person acts alone. However, if the person commits the act with another, the penalty is enhanced to 2, 3 or 4 years in prison. The penalties for a misdemeanor offense also vary.
Sentencing and punishment for committing a hate crime can be severe and detrimental to one’s livelihood. If you were charge with this crime, it is very important you contact an experienced criminal attorney.
The attorneys at Wing & Parisi understand the complexities of the law, and will protect your legal rights throughout the investigation and trial process. Call our office today. The initial consultation is free. We will answer your questions and concerns, ensure that you understand the charge (s) against you, and advise you of the best legal options available to you.
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call Wing & Parisi at (916) 441-4888.
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