About Hate Crimes
Any time a person is victimized because of their race, religion, disability, sex, ethnicity, national origin, sexual preference, sexual orientation or political affiliation, it may be considered to be a hate crime. Hate crimes are of a violent nature and often involve other criminal acts such as murder,
assault & battery, or
arson. Even though hate crimes typically involve violence of the threat of violence, violence does not actually have to occur for a person to be charged with this offense.
If you or someone you love is currently being investigated for a hate crime or has already been formally charged, it is critical that you speak with a violent crimes lawyer. As an experienced hate crimes attorney, Thomas A. Brant will fight hard to protect your legal rights during the investigation, the trial, or the sentencing. As your criminal defense attorney, he will fight relentlessly to have your hate crime charges reduced or dismissed so that you aren’t susceptible to the harsh consequences that accompany a conviction.
Massachusetts Hate Crime Penalties
Individuals charged with hate crimes in Boston frequently come to attorney Brant asking about the penalties that they might face of they are convicted. As with other violent crimes, the specific penalties will be decided by a judge based upon the severity of the hate crime, whether or not a victim was physically harmed during the commission of the hate crime, wand the suspect’s criminal record. Penalties for hate crimes in Boston could potentially include:
- Imprisonment in a state or federal correctional facility
- Large Fines
- Victim Restitution
- Counseling and/or Rehabilitation
- Anger Management Classes
- Driver’s License Suspension
- Community Service
- Mark on Criminal Record
To avoid the penalties that may result from being convicted of a hate crime, we highly recommend you contact a violent crime attorney at The Law Offices of Thomas A. Brant!