Hate Crimes

The issue of hate crimes is, surprisingly, still quite large in the United States today. Any criminal act directed toward an individual based on his or her social group, based on race, sexuality, religion, or any number of other societal affiliations. Hate crimes can come in two main forms: hate speech or crimes committed against another individual based on the aforementioned social associations.

The Hate Crimes Prevention Act of 1999

This act, passed by Congress March 11, 1999, was set in place to reduce or eliminate the number of hate crime incidents that occur in the United States. It expands the power of Federal law enforcement in the realm of hate crimes, allowing them to persecute individuals who have committed these acts based not only on race or national origin, but also on sexual orientation, gender, or disabilities.

In 1997, a reported 8,049 hate crimes were committed in the United States. Of these, the majority were based on race, while religion, ethnicity, and sexual orientation comprised the motivating factors for the other acts. Ten years later, in 2007, the percentage of sexual orientation-based crimes increased, while those based on race decreased.

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If you have been accused of committing a hate crime against another individual or another individual’s property, Austin criminal defense lawyer Ian Inglis can help you. Please contact his law office at (512) 472-1950 today to set up an appointment.

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