Posted on Wednesday, October 14th, 2009 at 12:59 pm
Hate crimes are criminal acts against another individual based on that person’s race, religion, sexual orientation, skin color, or disability. These acts can involve many types of criminal activity, but commonly involve abuse or assault.
Punishment for hate crimes are usually extra punishments added onto an original crime. For instance, if a person assaults someone because of the person’s national origin, that individual will receive a criminal punishment plus an additional punishment for the intent.
Hate crimes, and especially hate speech, are a controversial topic in the criminal system. While society generally frowns upon hate crimes and hate speech, some argue that people should not receive additional punishments for the crime. This discrepancy in opinions is reflected in state laws, which treat hate crimes in diverse ways.
If you or anyone you know has been charged with a hate crime, contact the Champaign and Urbana criminal defense lawyers of Bruno Law Offices at 217-328-6000.