Category: State Law

When is a Crime a Hate Crime?

Under both state and federal law, you can be charged with a hate crime if you commit a crime motivated by hatred or bias against certain groups. These crimes can result in higher penalties than crimes motivated by other factors. What factors are considered when deciding whether a crime is a hate crime? Race Ethnicity Skin color Religion National origin Gender Sexual orientation Gender identity Disability California’s Penal Code lists hate crimes under 422.6 PC. It states that it is a misdemeanor to willfully injure, intimidate, interfere with, or threaten someone in a protected class, or to knowingly damage or … Read More

Hollister Residence Sentenced to 40 Years Sparks Training for Educators.

By Richard Wingerden of the Law Offices of Richard Wingerden posted in State Law. The San Jose Mercury News reported that a former Morgan Hill teacher, John Loyd, 53, of Hollister, was sentenced on October 5, 2015, to 40 years in prison for sexually molesting four fifth-grade girls. Mr. Loyd was sentenced by Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge Edward Lee after he pleaded no contest to four felony counts of lewd or lascivious acts on a child by force, violence, duress or fear. This case has prompt the victims’ parents to seek a law requiring training for educators in … Read More