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Prosecuting Attorney
Peter J. Lucido

Hate Crimes

Hate crime refers to a criminal act that is motivated by prejudice or bias against a person or group based on their actual or perceived characteristics, such as race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, or nationality. Hate crimes are considered particularly heinous and damaging because they not only harm the immediate victim but also create a climate of fear and intimidation for the targeted group as a whole.

Prosecution of hate crimes involves treating them as a distinct category of criminal offense and applying enhanced penalties to the perpetrators. This means that in addition to the usual criminal charges for the underlying offense, such as assault, vandalism, or harassment, the perpetrator may also face additional charges for committing a hate crime.

Overall, the prosecution of hate crimes is essential to holding perpetrators accountable for their actions and sending a message that hate and prejudice will not be tolerated in our society. It also serves to provide justice and a sense of closure for the victims and their communities.

Chief of the Hate Crimes Unit: APA Kumar Palepu