HATE CRIMES DOWN IN ORANGE COUNTY

Posted on: September 18, 2015 by in Criminal Defense
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California Penal Code 422.6, 422.7, and 422.75

Orange County criminal defense attorneyBack in June, California Attorney General Kamala Harris reported a significant decline in hate crimes in this state in 2014. Now Orange County is reporting the same good news. Hate crimes in Orange County dropped 18 percent in 2014 from 2013, and in the last decade, hate crimes in the county have declined by fifty percent, according to the Orange County Human Relations Commission’s annual report released in August. A hate crime is any crime motivated by an alleged hatred of a person’s race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, religion, disability, or gender identity. If you’re accused of a crime in Orange County and the authorities charge it as a hate crime, immediately contact an experienced Orange County criminal defense attorney.

Blacks continue to be the top target of hate crimes in Orange County as they have been since 1991. Eleven hate crimes were reported against black people in Orange County in 2014, the same as in 2013. There were also eight hate crimes against gays and lesbians in Orange County in 2014, six hate crimes against Jews, and three hate crimes directed at Arabs or Muslims. Under California Penal Code 422.6, you may not interfere with someone else’s civil rights or damage or destroy another person’s property because of that person’s racial, ethnic, religious, or gender traits. Under California Penal Code 422.7 and 422.75, if you commit a crime of violence motivated by the victim’s racial, ethnic, religious, or gender traits, the offense will be prosecuted as a hate crime, and if you are convicted, your sentence for the original crime can be substantially enhanced.

“We’ve been seeing a steady and consistent decline in hate crimes, so it’s really good news,” said Rusty Kennedy, executive director of the Orange County Human Relations Commission. He credited the decline to a “collaborative effort” between law enforcement and community organizations. To convict you of a hate crime, the state must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that hate was a motivating factor, so if you are charged with a hate crime, you must have a good criminal defense attorney fighting on your behalf. If you’re accused of any hate crime in Orange County, put your case immediately in the hands of an experienced Orange County criminal defense attorney.

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