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Willis Law

Hate Crime Lawyer | Serving Grand Rapids, MI

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269-218-1980

No Matter What Type of Legal Matter You Face, It Is Extremely Helpful To Have Experienced Local Counsel On Your Side.

Whether you are seeking an attorney because you need to draft an estate plan, were injured in an accident or charged with a crime, it is helpful to have local counsel. Willis Law prides itself in taking its clients' legal problems personally. The firm's lawyers and staff work diligently on behalf of clients. Anyone who has suffered a serious personal injury deserves …

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WN Law PLLC

Hate Crime Lawyer | Grand Rapids, MI

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616-200-8296

Providing Exceptional Representation for Criminal Defendants in Western Michigan. Call Today for a Free Consultation!

WN Law provides effective criminal legal representation like none other. Attorney Renee Wagenaar has a unique background that gives her an advantage over other attorneys. Renee’s education and work in both psychology and law allow her to provide clients with a truly unique, satisfying experience. Renee knows how difficult it can be to find a lawyer that provides …

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Vandervoort, Christ & Fisher, P.C.

Hate Crime Lawyer | Serving Grand Rapids, MI

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Helping Clients Protect Their Rights. Contact Us Today for Help!

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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 Grand Rapids 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.

The Importance of a Good Consultation

The goal of an initial consultation is to find an attorney you are comfortable working with and someone who can help you understand your options under the law. Seek to understand the relevant legal experience the attorney brings to your case. While it is not realistic to expect an attorney to resolve your legal issue during an initial consultation, you should gain a level of comfort with his/her ability to do so. A good consultation can clarify issues, raise pertinent questions and considerations for your case, and help you make an informed decision towards resolving your legal issue.

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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