Top West Columbia Hate Crime Lawyers Near You

The Law Offices of R.F. Johnson Jr.

Hate Crime Lawyer | West Columbia, 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 …

The Law Office of Kenneth M. Mathews

Hate Crime Lawyer | Serving West Columbia, 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 …

Drennan Law Firm

Hate Crime Lawyer

Free Consultation

Se Habla Español

843-619-0129

Fight The Charges Against You And Protect Your Future. We WIN Tough Cases! 20+ Years’ Experience And FREE Case Evaluation.

Bad things do happen to good people. When you are injured by someone else in an accident or just because you were arrested on suspicion of drinking and driving, committing a drug crime or other criminal act, it doesn't mean that you have to just let the the situation have its way with you. An experienced personal injury, criminal defense and DUI attorney can …

Leigh J. Leventis - Attorney at Law

Hate Crime Lawyer | Serving West Columbia, SC

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West Columbia 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 West Columbia 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.

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

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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