A hate crime is when a person commits a criminal act or threat against an individual because of the victim's race, religion, national origin, ethnic identification, gender, or sexual orientation.
These crimes may include physical assault, rape, murder, assault with a weapon, harassment, verbal harassment, vandalism, robbery, an attack on people's homes or places of worship, and vandalism.
Consequences for a conviction on the charge of Hate Crime include:
Defenses of Hate Crimes may potentially include:
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