Understanding Intimidation Laws in Connecticut
Hate crimes are a sad reality for many Americans. Everyday, people face discrimination due to race, sexual orientation, religion, and a number of other factors. Conversely, some people face unfounded accusations of committing hate crimes, and in Connecticut, these crimes can have serious consequences.
Hate crime laws are in place to prevent prejudice and to punish those who unjustifiably discriminate against people. If you have been the victim of a hate crime, or if a person is accusing you of illegal discrimination, it is important to consult an attorney right away.
How the Law Defines Intimidation
According to the State of Connecticut, the first step in defining intimidation is proving one's intent to harm another individual solely on the basis sexual orientation, race, religion, or disability. The victim of the abuse does not need to be of any particular creed, nationality, or gender identity. As long as there is evidence proving the harmful actions resulted from hatred or intent to discriminate, the case can proceed as a crime of intimidation. These laws cover any situation involving direct violence, harassment in any form, and destruction of personal property.
Many people erroneously believe intimidation laws favor minorities when it comes to discrimination, but this is not always the case. Any member of any race may suffer discrimination. Intimidation laws also protect victims who face discrimination due to sexual orientation or gender identity.
These laws also protect the disabled. Individuals with physical, mental, or intellectual disabilities may suffer discrimination. In some cases, they can file a lawsuit for this mistreatment.
If you are facing accusations of committing a hate crime, consult a Stamford criminal attorney right away. At the Law Offices of Daniel P. Weiner, we have close to 40 years of experience in criminal law. We will assess your case and develop a comprehensive defense strategy that represents your interest. Call us today at 203-348-5846 for a free consultation.