FBI data reports hate crimes occurring more in Utah than in any other state. A high percentage of crimes committed each year are racially based. Utah has some pretty solid laws when compared to other states with similar statistics. However, many small police agencies in Utah and in other states fail every year to submit their hate-crime reports to the FBI. This is being gone on for many years. New numbers from the FBI clearly show that Utah definitely needs some hate crime supervision. Contact a Salt Lake City hates crimes attorney if you or a loved one has been accused or become a victim of hate crime.
The latest statistics show that in 2015 of 47 crimes committed about 29 involved race or ethnicity, 11 had to do with religion, and 7 had to do with sexual orientation. Reports from earlier years show similar statistics. Utah is responsible for about 25% of all hate crimes nationwide. The vast majority of the crimes are racially motivated and they keep on increasing each year. Religious groups fall on the second most targeted group and sexual orientation hates crimes fall on the third category of hate crimes targeted groups. Unfortunately, many of these cases don’t make it to court because of weak legislation. The language used in hate crime laws is just too vague and many police departments don’t even label crimes as they should.
The lack of accountability from some Utah’s police agencies has increased racial, religious, and ethnic tensions. If hate crimes were reported more frequently, chances are there will be more awareness and more resources to fight these types of crimes. Although the majority of police departments who don’t report hate crimes to the FBI are relatively small, some larger cities with racial problems records don’t report as well. National statistics clearly reveal how seriously each state take these reporting and Utah is definitely not among the FBI’s favorites.
Your legal advice
With about a 1,279 hate crimes reported in the last two decades, Utah continues to show a not so good side on hate crime statistics. Hate crimes are serious offenses that should be punished accordingly. But Sometimes the offender is actually innocent. In these types of cases, the accused needs to seek all the necessary resources to defend his or her rights. If you fall under the ‘wrongly accused’ category, we are here to answer any questions or concerns you may have.
Call today and take action! The Law Offices of David Paul White can provide you the legal advice you are looking for. With almost three decades of experience, we have an established record of success defending clients from hate crime charges. A Utah criminal defense attorney can navigate your case with ease and walk you through what’s expected from you or from your loved one in distress.