Top Elk Point Hate Crime Lawyers Near You

Skinner Law Office, P.C.

Hate Crime Lawyer | Serving Elk Point, SD

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605-496-0747

Aggressive and Honest Criminal Defense with Over 20 Years’ Experience throughout South Dakota. Call for a Free Phone Consultation.

A criminal or drunk driving charge against you is a serious matter. It is important to retain an experienced criminal defense lawyer before you talk to police. When you are arrested, right to an attorney and it can make a critical difference in the outcome of your case. When your civil rights have been violated, it is important to assert the protections given to every …

Kinney Law, PC

Hate Crime Lawyer | Serving Elk Point, SD

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605-679-7257

Matt Kinney's track record in South Dakota criminal courts is exceptional. Over 20 years experience.

Criminal convictions can ruin your career and turn you into a second-class citizen. Some convictions affect your basic rights, including travel, voting and firearm possession. Even first-time DUI convictions can hamper your ability to find employment, your career and your ability to support your family or even just yourself. It is important to consider obtaining the …

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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 an Elk Point 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.

Tips on Approaching an Initial Attorney Consultation

  • Use the consultation as a means of gaining a better understanding of your legal situation.
  • Ask the attorney how many cases similar to yours he/she has handled. An attorney's experience and knowledge can speak to their expertise (or lack of) in addressing your situation.
  • Your attorney should be able to articulate roughly how long a case like yours will take to resolve and what sort of procedures to expect.
  • Determine how comfortable you are working with the lawyer and/or law firm.

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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