Top Altamonte Springs Hate Crime Lawyers Near You

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Allen, Diaz & Associates P.A.

Hate Crime Lawyer | Serving Altamonte Springs, FL

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321-236-0027

Over 30 Years’ Experience. Protect Your Future and Your Good Name. You Need a Seasoned Criminal Defense Attorney.

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Whittel & Melton, LLC

Hate Crime Lawyer | Serving Altamonte Springs, FL

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Se Habla Español

866-435-2594

If you have been charged with any Florida crime, Call Us Immediately!
AV Rated, Recognized by Super Lawyers publication and Florida Trend Magazine.
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The lawyers at Whittel & Melton provide experienced and focused representation to statewide clientele charged with all criminal offenses or injured by another party through no fault of their own. We can offer service to the entire State of Florida. You can rest assured that our legal team will leave no stone unturned in protecting your interests. Whittel & …

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Law Offices of Horwitz & Citro, P.A.

Hate Crime Lawyer | Serving Altamonte Springs, FL

Free Consultation

321-251-5850

Florida Bar Board Certified | Criminal Trial Law Specialist | Former Federal Prosecutor

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Altamonte Springs Hate Crime Information

Have You Been Charged With a Hate Crime?

If you are convicted of a hate crime, your punishment can be increased and you could face serious time in prison. Call an Altamonte Springs attorney skilled in the defense of hate crimes to ensure you receive the best representation and avoid being sentenced to an enhanced penalty.

Types of Hate Crimes

A hate crime is an unlawful act motivated by bias based on race, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, or disability. A "hate" offense is not in and of itself a crime, but the charge enhances the possible penalties. Once the prosecutor has proved that a defendant committed a crime and the offense was motivated by hate toward a specific group or characteristic, the severity of the punishment increases.

Top Questions to Ask When Hiring an Attorney

  • How many years have you been practicing law? How long have you practiced law in the local area?
  • How many cases similar to mine have you handled in the past?
  • What is the likely outcome for my case?

In legal practice, experience matters. An experienced attorney will likely have handled issues similar to yours many, many times. Therefore, after listening to your situation, the attorney should have a reasonable idea of the time line for a case like yours and the likely resolution.

How to Prepare for Your Initial Consultation

Prepare for your consultation by writing down notes of your understanding of the case, jot down questions and concerns for the attorney, and gather your documents. Remember that you are trying to get a sense of whether the attorney has your trust and can help you address your legal issues. Questions should include how the attorney intends to resolve your issue, how many years he/she has been practicing law and specifically practicing in your area, as well as how many cases similar to yours the attorney has handled. It can also be helpful to broach the subject of fees so that you understand the likely cost and structure of your representation by a specific attorney and/or legal team.

How much does it cost to hire an attorney?

In general, how much an attorney costs will often depend on these four factors: billing method and pricing structure, type of legal work performed, law firm prestige, and attorney experience. Depending on the legal issue you are facing, an attorney may bill you by the hour, settle on a flat fee, or enter into a contingency fee agreement. The type of legal work you need help with will also play a role in cost incurred.

Common legal terms explained

Pro se - This Latin term refers to representing yourself in court instead of hiring professional legal counsel. Pro se representation can occur in either criminal or civil cases.

Statute - Refers to a law created by a legislative body. For example, the laws enacted by Congress are statutes.

Subject matter jurisdiction - Requirement that a particular court have authority to hear the claim based on the specific type of issue brought to the court. For example, the U.S. Bankruptcy Court only has subject matter jurisdiction over bankruptcy filings, therefore it does not have the authority to render binding judgment over other types of cases, such as divorce.

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