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Those accused of hate crimes have rights to a criminal defense

According to a recent report released by the FBI, the San Diego area has seen an increase in hate crimes over the past two years. Those accused of these crimes could face some serious penalties should a conviction be obtained in court. As the consequences can have a dramatic impact on the lives of those accused, these individuals maintain the right to employ a criminal defense on their behalf.

Recent data suggests that hate crimes have risen approximately 26 percent over the last two years. In 2012, 34 hate crimes were reported in the San Diego area. In 2013, that number reportedly rose to 43. It is unknown if these numbers account for convicted cases or just reported incidents.

A hate crime is defined as an assault based on a person's gender, race, religion or sexual orientation. It is believed that race is a leading motivator for these types of crimes. Approximately 49 percent of hate crimes are considered race-related. The second leading motivator for hate crimes is sexual orientation, which was cited in about 21 percent of these cases.

Hate crimes can be difficult to challenge, as just about any assault can be labeled as this type of crime. San Diego residents who are accused of such crimes may face a number of potential penalties if a conviction is secured by prosecuting attorneys. Some of these may include jail and/or prison time, fines and probation, just to name a few. The experience offered by a criminal defense team can help those accused of these crimes understand the legal options for their specific situations.

Source: NBC San Diego, "San Diego Sees Slight Uptick in Hate Crimes: FBI", Megan Tevrizian, Dec. 17, 2014

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