Hate Crime Charges in Miami
Accused of committing a hate crime?
A hate crime is much like a traditional crime, with the added element that it was committed out of bias due to the victim's:
- Sexual orientation;
- Religion; or
- Political beliefs.
Although hate itself is not a crime, committing a crime against another person for any of the reasons listed above may result in hate crime charges.
State, local and federal government agencies take active roles in preventing, investigating and prosecuting hate crimes throughout Miami and the surrounding areas. This means that a person who is accused of committing a hate crime will likely face an aggressive investigation, serious criminal charges and harsh penalties if convicted. In fact, increased penalties may be enforced upon convictions for criminal offenses that are determined to be hate crimes. It is the grave nature of a hate crime that makes it a dangerous offense to be arrested or even under investigation for.
Fight Hate Crime Charges with a Miami Criminal Defense Attorney
Fortunately, we can get involved early in the process to work on protecting your interests, gathering evidence in your favor and working to build a strategy that will address the particular concerns associated with your case.
Have you been accused of arson, vandalism,
assault or any other criminal offense with the added allegations that it was committed for reasons of hate? It is important to involve a Miami criminal defense lawyer as soon as possible.
You need a committed, aggressive attorney on your side to protect your Constitutional rights in the face of these serious charges. Although hate crimes are not specifically federal offenses, they may be investigated by the FBI (Federal Bureau of Investigation) and therefore charged as federal crimes due to the FBI's jurisdiction over these matters.
For help in challenging your charges, contact a Miami hate crime defense attorney today.