Category: Hate Crimes

 

Assault in and of itself is a charge that can result in lengthy prison sentences, hefty fines, and a criminal record of violent crime should you be convicted.

 

However, if the prosecution determines that the assault was motivated by the alleged victim’s perceived identity, it may also be considered a hate crime – something that will bump your charges and penalties up even further.

 

Although hate crime

 

There are many motives behind assault and other violent crimes: uncontrollable emotions, a verbal altercation, intoxication, and so on. Some motives can be at least partially justified in court (i.e. a “crime of passion”), but when race or other types of biases are a factor, the case can go in the opposite way: penalties and charges may increase.

 

In other words, by arguing that you hurt someone due