How are hate crimes investigated?

On Behalf of | Oct 18, 2019 | Federal Crimes

Some crimes are defined by what motivated them. A hate crime can be almost any type of criminal act, including violence or a threat of violence, but it must be motivated by intolerance regarding a person’s race, sexual orientation, national origin, ethnicity or disability.

If you have been accused of a hate crime, you may be subject to serious legal consequences. Taking action to understand how the crime is prosecuted will help you take informed action to build your defense.

How are hate crimes investigated?

Hate crimes often involve investigating whether the alleged incident occurred in addition to finding proof of hate-based motivations. For example, if a person was accused of physically attacking a homosexual victim, there will be two things that need to be established for the defendant to be charged with a hate crime. First, it will need to be established that the defendant did assault the victim. Second, there will need to be proof that the attack was motivated by hate. In this case, it may be possible for evidence of intolerance toward homosexuals to be gained through comments made in text messages or on the internet, for example.

How can a hate crime be defended against?

It’s possible to defend yourself by showing that the allegation is a case of mistaken identity. Alternatively, you may want to show that the incident was not motivated by hate and that you had a legitimate reason to act in the way that you did. You may have been acting in self-defense, for example.

If you have been accused of a hate crime in Texas, you should not waste time and take action to defend yourself. An attorney can help.