A Nebraskan woman who is 33 years old and lesbian was a victim of a hate crim by three men who broke into her house and tied her up. They then carved anti-gay slurs into her arms and abdomen. Then in a final act, they set her house on fire, but luckily the fire only caused about $200 in damage. Read more

In recent years, criminal acts involving violence, intimidation and destruction of property based upon bias and prejudice have become more prevalent in New York state. These crimes are commonly referred to as “hate crimes” where victims are intentionally selected (in whole or in part) because of their race, color, national origin, ancestry, gender, religion, religious practice, age, disability or sexual orientation. Hate crimes have the ability to intimidate and disrupt entire communities. According to the Hate Crimes Act of 2000, aperson commits a hate crime when he or she commits a specified offense and either:

intentionally selects the person against whom the offense is 
committed or intended to be committed in whole or in substantial part 
because of a belief or perception regarding the race, color, national 
origin, ancestry, gender, religion, religious practice, age, disability 
or sexual orientation of a person, regardless of whether the belief or 
perception is correct, or 
intentionally commits the act or acts constituting the offense in 
whole or in substantial part because of a belief or perception regarding 
the race, color, national origin, ancestry, gender, religion, religious 
practice, age, disability or sexual orientation of a person, regardless 
of whether the belief or perception is correct. 

Proof of race, color, national origin, ancestry, gender, religion, religious practice, age, disability or sexual orientation of the defendant, the victim or of both the defendant and the victim, however, does not by itself, constitute legally sufficient evidence satisfying the people’s burden under paragraph (a) or (b).
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Leeds Brown Law, PC handles many cases involving incidents arising from hate crimes. Our discrimination law attorneys are dedicated to resolving issues of Bias Intimidation and discriminatory behavior against a specific gender, race or nationality.  Our firm has had considerable success in handling matters such as these throughout Long Island and the New York City area.  For more information, contact Leeds, Morelli and Brown, PC at 1-800-585-4658 for a free consultation.