Due to recent events, it is understandable that California residents are on edge and fear their safety. As a result, numerous hate crimes have been reported to authorities. Recently a young man whom police believe was responsible for starting a fire at a Mosque was arrested. This incident is said to have taken place Dec. 11 in Coachella. The accused is suspected of committing burglary, arson and a hate crime.
The accused -- a 23-year-old male -- was arrested the same day that the fire broke out at the Islamic Center of Palm Springs. At this time, authorities have not determined how the fire was started. Thankfully, no injuries were reported.
Police have not indicated what, if any, evidence they have that connects the accused to this incident. Bail has been set in this case at $150,000. At this time, it is unknown as to whether this individual is still being held by authorities or if he has been released pending further proceedings in court.
The charges of burglary, hate crime and arson are certainly serious in nature and could result in severe punishment -- if the accused is ultimately convicted. Fighting these charges in a California criminal court may prove to be a difficult task. However, actions may be taken to combat any evidence or theories offered by prosecuting attorneys. An experienced defense attorney can help the accused through every stage of his criminal proceedings. With assistance, this young man will be able to fully understand the process and be able to make informed decisions regarding his case.
Source: CBS News, "Man accused of hate crime, arson in California mosque fire", Dec. 12, 2015