H.3620: Hate Crimes Legislation

H.3620 Summary

  • Creates an enhanced penalty for crimes of violence, harassment, stalking or malicious injury to property that are intentionally committed against the victim because of the victim’s race, color, religion, national origin, creed, gender, sexual orientation, or physical or mental disability.

  • The enhanced penalty is higher depending on the underlying crime. For example, for a violent crime the enhanced penalty is up to an additional 5 years imprisonment and an additional fine of up to $10,000.

  • The enhanced penalty cannot be imposed unless the perpetrator is indicted and found guilty of the underlying offense.

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