Keegan Law, Boston’s Best Defense for Hate Crime Charges
Crimes Involving Bias
America has a terrible history of committing hate crimes. Over the years, these incidents have lessened somewhat, but they still occur annually by the thousands. In Massachusetts alone, over 300 hate crime incidents were reported in the year 2008, and across the country, nearly 10,000 individuals were victimized in a hate crime within the same year. According to the FBI, a hate crime is any offense committed with an element of bias against race, religion, disability, ethnicity or sexual orientation. In the Massachusetts General Laws (2011) §265-39(a), assault or battery against someone due to such bias is a crime punishable by a fine of up to $5,000, a prison term lasting up to 2.5 years, or both.
Examples from History
Hate crimes have been in existence for centuries upon centuries. Some of the most historic and extreme cases are a result of ethnic and religious bias, including the Cambodian “Killing Fields,” the Holocaust of WWII, and the Rwandan genocide. In the United States, a famous example of extreme racial, ethnic and religious bias can be found in the Ku Klux Klan of the late 1800s and early 1900s , who were responsible for the terrorism and persecution of blacks, Jews, Catholics and other minorities across the southern states. Due to legislature such as that listed in the section above, such behavior has since been outlawed and is severely punished. However, instances still occur and so do false accusations, which require the representation of an aggressive Boston violent crime lawyer in order to be fought.
Speak with a Hate Crime Lawyer in Boston
Keegan Law could provide the defense you need in order to have your false hate crime charges dismissed. Our attorneys will fight for you around the clock and not back down until your case is complete. Find out for yourself by consulting with an attorney for free! Call our offices today or fill out our free online evaluation. The sooner you hire a lawyer, the better, so contact a Boston hate crime lawyer from our firm as soon as possible.