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Hate crimes are a serious charge in any jurisdiction, but Florida has recently passed legislation to crack down on hate crimes, both enhancing penalties and broadening the definition of what constitutes a hate crime in our state.

 

Because of this, it is absolutely vital that you understand how hate crime charges work here. What constitutes a hate crime? What are the consequences? How can you defend against charges? Below, we’re going to provide an overview.

 

What Does It Mean to Commit a Hate Crime in Florida?

 

A hate crime is defined as a criminal act that …