Michigan Hate Crime Lawyer
A hate crime is an offense which is committed against a person due to their race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, disability or nationality. Crimes of this nature are harshly prosecuted. A defendant convicted of a hate crime may face years or even a lifetime of imprisonment, as well as fines, probation, loss of employment and much more. The lasting consequences of a conviction, long after the sentence has been served, can haunt a person forever.
Have you or someone you know been wrongly accused of a hate crime? You deserve competent legal representation. A Michigan criminal defense attorney at the Freedman Law Group can help you challenge your charges and can represent you in criminal court in order to protect your rights and interests. Our firm has been serving clients since 1994 and takes on cases throughout Michigan. Your initial consultation with an attorney is free.
Types of Hate Crimes
Virtually any crime committed against a person or his or her property may be considered a hate crime. To secure a conviction for the offense as a hate crime, however, the prosecution must prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that the offender committed it for reasons of racial discrimination, prejudice or the like. Following are some of the types of Michigan hate crime cases that our firm can handle:
Since there are various hate crimes that can be committed, there will also be different penalties that will be in relation to the particular crime and the extent with which it was carried out. Those with multiple convictions can also face an increased sentence. There are many organizations out there on top of the efforts exerted by law enforcement to put an end to hate crimes. In the heat of everything they can become overzealous; charging innocent individuals or imposing unfair consequences. Contact a Michigan criminal defense lawyer from our firmto see how we could help you!