Top Sumter Hate Crime Lawyers Near You

The Law Office of Kenneth M. Mathews

Hate Crime Lawyer | Serving Sumter, SC

803-563-6610

Over 39 years experience in helping clients with their criminal law needs.

The Law Office of Kenneth M. Mathews assists clients dealing with legal challenges involving family law and criminal defense. Both legal practices demand that you protect your rights and interests. In order to understand the laws affection to your particular situation, you need to speak with a knowledgeable attorney as soon as possible. You will find attorney Kenneth …

The Law Offices of R.F. Johnson Jr.

Hate Crime Lawyer | Serving Sumter, SC

803-814-6620

Experienced Attorneys Ready to Serve You in All Courts of South Carolina. El Abogado Habla Espanol

In need of Immigration help?  The Law Offices of R.F. Johnson Jr. is ready to assist you with all of your questions regarding immigration law.  Attorney Johnson has successfully assisted hundreds of clients and family members with all types of immigration matters. With a reputation for favorable case results, you can trust that Attorney Johnson will dedicate his …

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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 Sumter 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.

What to Expect from an Initial Consultation

  • Seek to determine whether the attorney can represent you. There is no one-size-fits-all legal solution and it may turn out your needs are better served by an attorney in a different specialization.
  • It's important to find a legal ally who is both competent in the law and someone you can trust to protect your interests.
  • Discuss how the practice's billing works and discuss possible additional charges or fees that may arise during or after the resolution of your case.

An attorney consultation should provide you with enough information so that you can make an informed decision on whether to proceed with legal help.

How to Find the Right Attorney

  • Determine the area of law that relates to your issue. Attorneys specialize in specific practice areas around legal issues within the broad field of law.
  • Seek out recommendations from friends, family, and colleagues. A successful attorney or practice will typically have many satisfied clients.
  • Set up consultation appointments to get a better understanding of your case as well as gauge your comfort level with different attorneys. Find the attorney who is the right fit for your needs.

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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