The Law Commission is considering proposals to reform hate crime laws. Hate crime is where a victim is targeted, perhaps for an assault, criminal damage or harassment, based on a protected characteristic.
What are protected characteristics?
Currently, the protected characteristics are race, religion, sexual orientation, disability and transgender identity.
Why are reforms needed?
In recent years, legislation has been enacted to ensure that crimes demonstrating hostility towards certain groups of people are treated more seriously than before. If your offence is said to be racially aggravated, you should expect a heftier sentence.
What does it mean?
An offence is racially aggravated if, at the time of the offence, you demonstrate hostility towards the victim based on...Read More