Mahaffey & Associates is a full service law firm. Our attorneys narrow focus their practices to specific areas of law. By doing so, you work with an attorney who is up to date on the law concerning the issues you’re facing. We are goal and results oriented, dedicated to achieving the best possible outcomes. Contact us today if you need …
Hate Crime Lawyer | Serving Lima, OH
Over 30 Years in Criminal and Civil cases. Highly Experienced Attorney and Very Dedicated to Clients
Attorney Patrick Farrell is an experienced, well respected trial attorney with a broad range of legal knowledge and the skills required to defend your criminal case or prosecute your civil case. He has practiced law successfully for over 30 years and is dedicated to his clients. As a former Cleveland city prosecutor, he understands the strategies and tactics used by both …
If you are convicted of a hate crime, your punishment can be increased and you could face serious time in prison. Call a Lima attorney skilled in the defense of hate crimes to ensure you receive the best representation and avoid being sentenced to an enhanced penalty.
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.
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