Newport Beach Hate Crimes Defense Lawyers
California Hate Crime Laws
Hate crimes are traditional offenses, such as murder, arson, or vandalism that a person commits out of prejudice against a protected class. In most cases, people are motivated to commit hate crimes because of racial, sexual, or religious prejudice. Hate crime convictions can result in serious penalties and long jail sentences. If you have been convicted of a hate crime, it is vital to have an experienced attorney fight for your rights. The attorneys at Corrigan Welbourn Stokke, APLC have over 100 years of experience helping clients develop strong defenses for their cases. Our attorneys have handled high profile cases and have extensive trial experience, which helps us achieve the best possible results for our clients.
If you have been charged with a hate crime, contact our hate crime defense attorneys today for a free consultation at (949) 251-0330!
Penalties for Hate Crimes in California
Hate crime convictions lead to severe consequences under the state of California. An individual can be charged with both civil and criminal offenses. For example, if an individual vandalizes someone’s house because of their race, the perpetrators could be fined extensively in civil penalties.
California hate crimes penalties include the following:
- Forcing or threating to force a person’s constitutional rights because of their race, religion, disability, etc. is considered a misdemeanor offense. The penalties are a maximum of $5,000 fine and up to 1 year in jail.
- Any criminal misdemeanor offense might be enhanced to a felony if the crime was motivated by prejudice. The maximum penalty is up to 1 year in prison and $10,000 fine.
The penalties for hate crimes may vary depending on the severity of the crime and the damages caused. A person convicted may be charged with lengthy jail sentences, hefty fines, restitution to victims, and court-ordered counseling.
Corrigan Welbourn Stokke, APLC Hate Crime Legal Counsel
Since it is difficult to determine the intent of a crime, it is possible to weaken the state’s case against you, which means you may have even been wrongfully accused. The attorneys at Corrigan Welbourn Stokke can guide you through the entire legal process to help you obtain the best possible results for your case. We take pride in being a small firm because this means we never hand down cases to less-experienced attorneys. Our attorneys approach is to handle every case collaboratively, so every client receives the benefit of over 100 years of collective experience. Our legal team also consists of three former prosecutors, which gives us a competitive edge in every case.
Contact our experienced hate crimes defense lawyers today for a free consultation at (949) 251-0330!