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Law Office of Stephen L. Richards

Hate Crime Lawyer | Serving Oak Park, IL

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312-724-6324

25 Years of Experience. Winner of National Award For Excellence in Criminal Defense

When you are facing state or federal criminal charges, contact Attorney Stephen L. Richards. His background includes over 75 felony jury trials, hundreds of bench trials and effective negotiations in thousands of other cases. On a case-by-case basis Mr. Richards has the resources to evaluate all documents, forensic evidence and other relevant materials. This ability gives …

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Law Office of Robert J. Carter

Hate Crime Lawyer | Serving Oak Park, IL

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309-340-4013

Serving Central Illinois for all Criminal Law Matters

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The Law Offices of Pablo DeCastro

Hate Crime Lawyer | Serving Oak Park, IL

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Get an Experienced Attorney who Knows how to Fight and WIN

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The Law Office of Attorney Anthony Tomkiewicz, P.C.

Hate Crime Lawyer | Serving Oak Park, IL

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Aggressive Representation with Reasonable Rates

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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 Oak Park 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.

Does firm size matter?

For most consumer legal issues, the size of the practice is much less important than the experience, competence, and reputation of the attorney(s) handling your case. Among the most important factors when choosing an attorney are your comfort level with the attorney or practice and the attorney's track record in bringing about quick, successful resolutions to cases similar to yours.

Common legal terms explained

Personal jurisdiction - Requirement that a particular court have authority over a person, in order to bind that person to the judgment of the court, based on minimum contacts. International Shoe Co v. Washington is a landmark Supreme Court case outlining the scope of a state court's reach in personal jurisdiction.

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