Hate Crime Attorney in Los Angeles
The History of Hate Crimes in the United States
Our society views violent crimes committed against individuals out of bias as some of the most heartless crimes committed in the United States. What may surprise most people is the fact that hate crimes have been a problem for centuries. Our country prides itself on the American Dream and equality for all, yet hate crimes have continuously plagued our history. From the unequal treatment of African-American slaves to the inhuman acts of the Ku Klux Klan, from women's suffrage to the women's liberation movement of the 1960s, our nation has struggled to fight the commission of hate crime acts. Even today, such offenses still occur.
Federal Laws Against Hate Crimes
18 USC § 249 defines hate crime acts as offenses involving actual or perceived race, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability. Any offense involving one or more of these biases that results in injury to the victim via fire, firearm, a dangerous weapon, or an explosive device will result in a 10 years of imprisonment, or even up to life if kidnapping, aggravated sexual abuse, death, or an attempt at the latter two was involved.
If you have been accused of a hate crime, you must take immediate action to protect your rights. Many accusations of this kind are made out of resentment a desire for revenge, and you can't afford to be without the help of a skilled federal crime defense attorney at this time.
Hire a Los Angeles Hate Crime Lawyer
Lessem, Newstat & Tooson, LLP is an experienced federal defense firm dedicated to providing the best possible results for each client's case. If you have been accused of a hate crime, gang crime, or are facing any other federal charges, we have the aggression and skill to defend you from the consequences. Our legal team shares more than 50 years of combined experience, which provides us with a vast amount of resources to use in your defense.
Call now to consult with a Los Angeles hate crime attorney and learn more.
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