Hate Crimes

Hate Crime Defense Attorneys in Gainesville

A hate crime is defined as a criminal act or threat against an individual due to their race, religion, sexual orientation, gender, disability, national origin, or ethnic identification. Hate crimes come in many forms, including physical assault, assault with a deadly weapon, rape, murder, harassment, verbal harassment, vandalism, and robbery. At DeCarlis & Sawyer, we know how much hate crime charges can hurt your future, and we strive to keep your career and reputation intact.

Penalties of Hate Crimes

If you are being charged with a hate crime, the penalties could vary depending on the circumstances of your alleged crime. In addition to the penalties incurred by the underlying crime, hate crimes could carry consequences including:

  • Substantial fines
  • Loss of the right to own a deadly weapon
  • Loss of the right to vote
  • Lengthy imprisonment
  • Probation or parole
  • Community service to the group/individual targeted in the crime
  • Mandatory education or rehabilitation
  • Strike on your criminal record

Oftentimes, an individual will have a hate crime charge tacked onto the underlying offense, resulting in harsher penalties. Even if you have been arrested or charged with a hate crime, your legal rights must be preserved. Our team of legal professionals will ensure that you fully understand your rights as they defend you in court.

Contact a Knowledgeable Legal Professional

To avoid life-changing case results, it is crucial that you secure the best legal advocacy possible. The criminal defense attorneys at DeCarlis & Sawyer will work with you to build the strongest case possible, and make sure that your rights are not infringed upon. If you or a loved one have been charged with a hate crime, contact us for a free consultation. You will not be charged unless of of our lawyers wins your case.