Top Herkimer Hate Crime Lawyers Near You

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Law Office of James L. Riotto

Hate Crime Lawyer | Serving Herkimer, 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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Spano Criminal Defense Lawyer

Hate Crime Lawyer | Serving Herkimer, NY

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315-992-7286

Spano Criminal Defense Lawyer helps Utica-Rome Clients with their Criminal Defense Needs.

With experience first as a prosecutor and then a criminal defense attorney it allows clients to know they are working with an attorney who knows how the prosecution thinks and operates. He listens attentively to clients so he fully understands his client's version of the circumstances that led up to a criminal charge. He is New York state's only board certified …

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Kirwan Law Office

Hate Crime Lawyer | Serving Herkimer, NY

Free Consultation

315-992-7284

Upstate NY, attorney helping clients with their criminal law needs. Call today for a consultation! I can help you through this stressful time.

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Law Office of Lindsey Pieper

Hate Crime Lawyer | Serving Herkimer, NY

Free Consultation

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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Herkimer 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 a Herkimer 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.

How an Attorney Can Help

An attorney can often resolve your particular legal issue faster and better than trying to do it alone. A lawyer can help you navigate the legal system, while avoiding costly mistakes or procedural errors. You should seek out an attorney whose practice focuses on the area of law most relevant to your issue.

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.

Tips on Hiring an Experienced Lawyer with Hate Crime Cases

The more experienced a lawyer is in legal practice, the more likely he/she will be able to bring about a successful resolution to your issue. Since experience matters, lawyers who've been practicing law for many years (with a successful track record) tend to be in high demand. You should look for information about a lawyer's experience and ask questions during the initial meeting. It's a very good idea to ask the lawyer how many years he/she has been practicing law and the expected outcome of your case.

Common legal terms explained

Affidavit - A sworn written statement made under oath. An affidavit is meant to be a supporting document to the court assisting in the verification of certain facts. An affidavit may or may not require notarization.

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