Top Covington Hate Crime Lawyers Near You

The Law Office of Ryan N. Cox

Hate Crime Lawyer | Serving Covington, LA

Free Consultation

504-252-0002

Diligent in Protecting the Rights of Accused Juveniles and Adults

If you have been charged with a crime, it is important to have an attorney present at every stage of the process to protect your rights. Attorney Ryan Cox knows the law and can help you handle your legal situation confidently. He has over 16 years of experience and founded his own law office to specialize in juvenile and criminal defense after years in private criminal …

Damico & Stockstill, Attorneys at Law

Hate Crime Lawyer | Serving Covington, LA

Free Consultation

225-228-1055

We Bring Over 50 Years of Combined Experience and Provide Aggressive and Effective Representation for Individuals, Corporate Officers and Public Officials in Local, State and Federal Courts.

Our Louisiana criminal defense practice provides aggressive and effective representation for individuals, corporate officers and public officials in local, state and federal courts. At Damico & Stockstill, Attorneys at Law, we bring over 50 years of combined experience to felony and misdemeanor cases.  The consequences of serious criminal charges can vary widely …

Law Offices of Robert Toale

Hate Crime Lawyer | Serving Covington, LA

504-475-9725

Over 30 Years of Criminal Defense Experience. President of LA Criminal Defense Lawyers Association.

Law Office of Michelle H. Hesni, PLC

Hate Crime Lawyer | Serving Covington, LA

504-308-1313

Personal Attention. Experienced Criminal Defense.

When you are facing a criminal accusation, you need to retain a criminal defense lawyer immediately. Don't answer questions. Let your lawyer deal with police and procecutors. Michelle Hesni has been practicing law for more than a decade and is dedicated to using every tactic to defend her clients rights. Contact Ms. Hesni today if you need legal assistance with any of …

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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 a Covington 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.

Types of legal fees:

Bill by the hour: Many attorneys bill by the hour. How much an attorney bills you per hour will vary based on a number of factors. For instance, an attorney's hourly fee may fluctuate based on whether that hour is spent representing you in court or doing research on your case. Attorneys in one practice area may bill you more than attorneys in a different practice area.

Contingent fee: Some lawyers will accept payment via contingent fee. In this arrangement, the lawyer receives a percentage of the total monetary recovery if you win your lawsuit. In sum, the lawyer only gets paid if you win. Contingent fee agreements are limited to specific practice areas in civil law.

Flat fee: For "routine" legal work where the attorney generally knows the amount of time and resources necessary to complete the task, he/she may be willing to bill you a flat fee for services performed.

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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