Have you been accused of a hate crime? If so, then you need to be advised that it is a very serious charge which can greatly add to the penalties of a felony or misdemeanor.
Hate crimes have become vigorously prosecuted in recent years, in part because of various political and societal pressures to deal with the problems of racism, sexism etc.
Individuals accused of hate crimes may face lengthy prison sentences, fines, and a damaged reputation before ever setting foot in a courtroom. Fighting these charges requires the extensive knowledge of a skilled defense attorney.
If have been charged with a hate crime, you need to quickly seek out the help of a reputable attorney who will aid in mounting a solid defense for you.
South Florida Criminal Attorney Evan A. Hoffman has years of experience as an Assistant State Prosecutor, so he understands that hate crimes are prosecuted and punished harshly in Florida.
With his experience as a prosecutor, Evan A. Hoffman is well equipped to handle any difficult line of questioning the prosecution may present. If you are facing hate crime charges, you need to act fast. Call The Hoffman Firm at (305) 249-0090 to schedule your free consultation.
- What is a Hate Crime
- What are the Legal Consequences of a Hate Crime Conviction
- Where can you find More Information?
Hate Crimes Defined
In 1989, the Florida Legislature enacted several statutes designed to increase the penalties for persons convicted of certain crimes which were in large measure motivated and carried out against a person due to that person’s race, religion, gender, sexual orientation etc.
A Hate Crime is defined Under Florida code 775.085, which states:
- (a) The penalty for any felony or misdemeanor shall be reclassified as provided in this subsection if the commission of such felony or misdemeanor evidences prejudice based on the race, color, ancestry, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, homeless status, mental or physical disability,
- or advanced age of the victim:
Penalties for Hate Crimes Convictions
Penalties for hate crime convictions will vary based on the circumstances of the case. However, the general breakdown for felony or misdemeanors determined as hate crimes are as follows:
- A misdemeanor of the second degree is reclassified to a misdemeanor of the first degree.
- A misdemeanor of the first degree is reclassified to a felony of the third degree.
- A felony of the third degree is reclassified to a felony of the second degree.
- A felony of the second degree is reclassified to a felony of the first degree.
- A felony of the first degree is reclassified to a life felony.
More Information in Hate Crimes in Florida
Equality Florida Action, Inc- This organization provides a variety of resources for victims of hate crimes due to involvement in the LGBT community.
National Criminal Justice Reference Service- This government site offers a summary of Florida’s Hate Crime Law.
If you are facing charges of a felony and or misdemeanor and you may also have the added charge of a hate crime, it is vitally important that you obtain the services of a defense attorney like Evan Hoffman.
Evan and his team of legal experts will put together the best possible defense for you and may be able to have your charges dropped or penalties minimized. Give The Hoffman Firm a call today at (305) 249-0090 to schedule your free consultation and see how they can help.
This firm represents clients in Miami. Palm Beach, and surrounding regions.