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Hate Crime and Los Angeles Criminal Defense Attorneys

Posted on: May 1, 2011 at 7:27 a.m.

Los Angeles Criminal Defense Attorneys represent people charged with all manner of misdemeanors and felonies, but when it involves students, things tend to get ugly fast. With students, parents are involved, juvenile penalties and lots of emotion. This all usually adds up to a complicated situation where people are hurt and answers rarely get sorted out. In Calabasas, anti-semitic and racist insults were tagged all over school property at Calabasas High School. Police detectives are going to seek hate crime enhancements to felony vandalism charges against the three students who allegedly defaced the school. The teens were booked on allegations of felony vandalism after they allegedly admitted to tagging school property with drawings of Hitler, swastikas and phrases that could only be considered racist. The phrases were "whites only" and "gas chamber" which any Attorney will tell you can only be seen as racist.

A hate crime distinction can add to the penalties in any felony case. Whether jail time or fines, hate crimes will make an already complex legal situation close to impossible. Hiring a qualified and experienced lawyer can help deal with those complexities. Initially, the police did not accuse the boys of a hate crime, claiming that they had aimed the specific insults at students and teachers who they felt had mistreated them. They claimed this was the case and not a race or religion motivation.

For any teen facing a felony charge, life can become incredibly complicated. Jail time, a criminal record, problems with job opportunities and more await anyone convicted of a felony. A hate crime to further complicate education opportunities and even where you live. However, with a skilled lawyer working for you, you have a better chance at avoiding these consequences.

Call Kestenbaum Eisner & Gorin, LLP today for qualified lawyers who will stand by your side - 877-781-1570. Our attorneys have over 50 years of combined experience, and can help provide the kind of legal representation you need. Contact us today and let us help you with your legal situation.

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