With tensions rising in seemingly every area of life, it’s not a surprise that criminal charges for hate crimes have also increased. According to statistics from the FBI Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program, there were 46 hate crime incidents in Utah in 2020. In 2019 there were only 18. One of the major factors in determining whether a crime is charged as a hate crime is intent. Fighting against accusations based on your intent can be difficult, but the expert criminal defense lawyers at Brown, Bradshaw and Moffat can help. Below are three questions you may have about hate crimes and the associated charges in Utah.
The FBI’s UCR breaks down hate crimes into three categories:
Additionally, the FBI breaks down the types of crimes into six bias categories:
A hate crime in Utah* must check both of the boxes below:
A primary offense is considered a misdemeanor offense for the following crimes:
To intimidate or terrorize is defined as the following:
*The information in this section is a summary of the Utah code. For the full details, see the website.
Committing a hate crime increases the penalty/severity of the primary offense charges by one degree. For example
If you have committed a crime that was deemed a hate crime, it is crucial that you find an experienced defense lawyer to help with your case. Since proving intent to terrorize is crucial to the prosecution of these crimes, prosecutors may push for charges that don’t accurately represent your intent. The defense lawyers at Brown, Bradshaw and Moffat have decades of experience fighting back against criminal hate crime charges and are ready to work on your defense.
Contact us at (801) 532-5297 if you have questions about your hate crime charges or if you want to get started on your defense.
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