Orange County Hate Crime Lawyer
Arrested for a hate crime? Protect your reputation.
We live in a society that likes to politicize every word and action and
turn harmless events into spectacles that perpetuate agendas. Unfortunately,
this means that it is easier than ever to be wrongfully accused of a hate
crime. Such a conviction can tarnish your reputation throughout your social
and professional life. The consequences of a hate crime conviction can
be unsurmountable, so it is essential to have a legal advocate who can
fight for you.
At The Law Office of Barney B. Gibbs, our Anaheim criminal defense attorneys
have been representing clients in local courts for more than 30 years.
Attorney Gibbs has faced more than 2,500
criminal defense charge and has seen over 1,100 dismissals. He limits the number of cases
that he accepts in an effort to ensuring that he can dedicate his time,
effort, and personalized legal counsel to each client. Our firm is ready
to protect your rights.
What is considered a hate crime?
A hate crime is defined as a criminal activity that was motivated by the
victim's gender, skin color, religious affiliation, nationality, sexual
orientation, disability, or other identification factors. While US citizens
have the right to freedom of speech, generally any speech that holds a
threat to an individual or group's safety or well-being based upon
the aforementioned factors can be considered a hate crime. California
law holds strict definitions and penalties on hate crimes.
Penal Code § 594.3: This statute makes it illegal to vandalize a place of worship because of
a racial or religious bias.
Vandalism can include anything that defaces or damages that property. This is a felony.
Penal Code § 11413: This statute makes it illegal to use an explosive or other destructive
device in certain protected places. This is a felony.
Penal Code § 422.6: It is illegal to use force or threatening to destroy property in a way
that would interfere with another person's civil rights. This is a
The Bane Act: This act protects people from threats and intimidation because of their
religious, sexual, ethnic and other orientations. Violating the Bane Act
is illegal according to penal code § 422.9. This is a misdemeanor.
Enhancements of Criminal Offenses
Hate crimes are rarely individual. In most cases, an individual was charged
with a different criminal offense that was motivated by hatred. In these
cases, the punishments relating to the specific crime will likely be enhanced
as a hate crime. For example, a murder charge holds severe punishments
as is, but if it is found that the alleged murder was motivated by an
individual's identity, the court will impose harsher sentencing.
The following laws describe specific sentencing enhancements:
Penal Code § 190.3: Sentencing for a crime could be enhanced to "life without the possibility
of parole" when the motivation was sexual orientation, gender or
Penal Code § 422.75: If a felony offense is committed because of hatred or bias, the sentencing
for that felony can be enhanced by one to three years in prison.
While your legal sentencing may be serious, even the least severe penalties
can have devastating implications on your reputation. In today's society,
many seek to separate themselves from the stigma of hate crimes, which
means that facing charges may result in difficulties maintaining your
personal relationship. Furthermore, you may even lose your job as your
employer aims to protect its own reputation. Don't let a hate crime
define you; let our team of legal professionals fight for you.
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At The Law Office of Barney B. Gibbs, the success of our Anaheim criminal
attorneys is recognized by both peers and clients alike. When you come
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and resources that you need to face your charges head on. We will be in
your corner every step of the way to ensure that your rights are protected
and your reputation remains intact. We are proud to provide aggressive
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prepared to represent you.
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