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Surge In Colorado Hate Crimes

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Hate Crimes On The Rise

Based on a report from the FBI, Hate Crimes were on the rise in 2019. There was an increase of over 70% from 2018-2019 creating the fourth consecutive increase in the last five years as reported in November. With over 200 reported hate crimes in 2019, the latter became the highest reported number in over two decades.

The Increased Number Of Hates Crimes Covered Are:

  • Crimes related to sexual orientation
  • Crimes related to religion
  • Crimes related to gender
  • Crimes related to disability
  • Crimes related to race
  • Crimes related to ethnicity
  • Crimes related to ancestry

Deadliest Hate Crimes Last Year

While the 2020 reports are not in yet, those are likely to rise based on trends from previous years.  In 2019 over 50 of the alleged hate crimes resulted in murder charges. That is over a 100% increase over the previous year which was slightly over 20. With pressure on the community and law enforcement at large, Hate Crimes are taken very seriously in Colorado.

Were You Accused Of A Hate Crime In Denver?

A miscommunication can also easily lead to a hate crime accusation and charges. If you find yourself facing Hate Crime charges in Denver, Colorado, you need an experienced Hate Crimes Criminal Defense Attorney who understands the severity and gravity of these charges. Hate Crimes are being aggressively investigated by the Denver Police Department who has a united dedicated specifically to focusing on hate crimes. Hate Crimes are also aggressively prosecuted in Denver as is clear by the long sentences of recent cases like that of Ryan Lee who was charged with a hate-based assault.

Facing Criminal Charges?

Facing Hate Crime charges can be a life-altering experience. It’s critical that you understand the seriousness of the charges as a hate crime prompts the FBI to step in. The FBI notes that “As part of its responsibility to uphold the civil rights of the American people, the FBI takes a number of steps to combat the problem of hate crimes.”  You need immediate criminal defense help, contact our office to learn more about how we can help.

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