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The Spodek Law Group understands how delicate high-profile cases can be, and has a strong track record of getting positive outcomes. Our lawyers service a clientele that is nationwide. With offices in both LA and NYC, and cases all across the country - Spodek Law Group is a top tier law firm.

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What Qualifies as a Hate Crime in New York City? Penalties

What Qualifies as a Hate Crime in New York City? Penalties

A hate crime refers to a traditional offense like assault, arson, or vandalism that is motivated by bias against a victim’s race, color, national origin, ancestry, gender, religion, religious practice, age, disability, or sexual orientation. In New York City, hate crimes carry enhanced penalties under the law.

What Qualifies as a Hate Crime

For an offense to qualify as a hate crime in New York, the perpetrator must intentionally target the victim because of their protected characteristic. Common qualifying hate crimes include:

  • Assault – Physically attacking someone out of bias against their protected class. This includes simple assault as well as aggravated assault charges like assault with a deadly weapon.
  • Harassment – Subjecting a victim to physical contact, threats, or abusive language due to their protected status.
  • Criminal mischief – Intentionally damaging or destroying another person’s property because of who they are. This includes vandalism offenses like spray-painting hate speech graffiti on a house of worship.
  • Arson – Burning down a building associated with a particular protected group, like an LGBTQ community center.
  • Making terroristic threats – Threatening violence against persons or property to intimidate or coerce victims because of their actual or perceived status.

For a hate crime charge, the offender must intentionally select the victim based on their inclusion in a protected class. Random acts of violence don’t qualify even if the victim happens to fall under a protected category.

Penalties for Hate Crimes

New York law increases penalties for any offense charged as a hate crime. The extent of the enhanced sentence depends on the specific offense and the offender’s criminal history.

For misdemeanors, the maximum sentence usually increases from 1 year to 2 years in jail. Felony sentences can increase more substantially from as little as 2 years up to 25 years in prison.

Some examples of increased penalties for hate crime charges include:

  • Simple assault (misdemeanor) – Maximum sentence increases from 1 year to 2 years in jail
  • Aggravated assault (felony) – Possible prison term jumps from 5-25 years up to 8-25 years
  • Arson (felony) – Potential incarceration rises from 5-25 years to 10-25 years
  • Robbery (felony) – Possible sentence boosted from 10-25 years to 15-25 years

Hate crimes also carry financial penalties. A conviction can result in fines up to $5,000. Victims may also sue offenders for civil damages including pain and suffering or punitive damages.

Reporting Hate Crimes

Victims of hate crimes in NYC can report offenses to the police for criminal charges. They can also file complaints with agencies like the NYC Commission on Human Rights or State Division on Human Rights for civil remedies.

When documenting hate incidents, useful details include:

  • Date, time, and location of the incident
  • Identity and description of the perpetrator
  • Exact details on what was said or done
  • Names of witnesses or people who can corroborate what occurred
  • Any related photos, videos, voicemails, social media posts, etc.

Physical evidence like spray paint cans or burnt remnants may also help prove that a hate crime took place for pressing charges.

Resources for Hate Crime Victims

I hope this overview on hate crime laws and penalties in NYC has helped explain what constitutes a hate crime and how victims can get assistance. Please let me know if you need any clarification or have additional questions.

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