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Law Office of James L. Riotto

Hate Crime Lawyer | Serving Ballston Spa, NY

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585-382-6229

Former State Trooper Representing All of NYS Clients with Their Criminal Law Needs. Recipient of The 2016 Super Lawyers Award. Call Today. We Are Here to Help!

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Karen A. Friedman

Hate Crime Lawyer | Serving Ballston Spa, NY

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845-842-1090

Handling all Traffic Violations and Trucking Violations in Dutchess County

Traffic violations can have serious consequences. They are expensive, time consuming, cause your insurance rates to increase and you may lose your right to drive. Some traffic violations rise to the level of a criminal act. Then you are really in trouble. You are best served by retaining an attorney to represent you. You can rely on Attorney Karen Friedman. She has 25 …

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Law Office of Lindsey Pieper

Hate Crime Lawyer | Serving Ballston Spa, NY

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585-546-4001

No Matter the Complexity of Your Case, I Provide A Strong, Effective Defense Uniquely Tailored to Your Situation.

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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 Ballston Spa 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.

What sort of issues can I seek legal help with?

Specialized legal help is available for most legal issues. Each case is unique; seeking legal help is a smart first step toward understanding your legal situation and seeking the best path toward resolution for your case. An experienced lawyer understands the local laws surrounding your case and what your best legal options might be. More importantly, there are certain situations and circumstances - such as being charged with a crime - where you should always seek experienced legal help.

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.

How will an attorney charge me?

A reputable attorney will be very upfront about how he/she will charge you. The three most common fee structures that attorneys use to charge for their services are:

  • Bill by the hour
  • Contingent fee agreement
  • Flat fee agreement

Depending on your specific legal situation, it's possible that only one type of fee structure is available. For instance, criminal defense attorneys almost always bill by the hour. In a flat fee arrangement, an attorney accepts a one-time payment to help you resolve your issue. With a contingent fee agreement, the client pays little to nothing upfront and the attorney receives a percentage of the money recovered if you win your case.

Common legal terms explained

Plaintiff - a person or party who brings a lawsuit against another person(s) or party/parties in a court of law. Private persons or parties can only file suit in civil court.

Judgment - A decision of the court. Also known as a decree or order. Judgments handed down by the court are usually binding on the parties before the court.

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