One of the least frequent Violent Crimes that a person can be charged with in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania is the crime of ethnic intimidation. In order to be convicted of violent crimes such as ethnic intimidation, the government must prove the following criminal elements beyond a reasonable doubt. First, the government must prove that the accused committed a crime such as vandalism, criminal trespass, or criminal mischief (the destruction of property.  factors considered by judges for sentencing And second, that the accused committed this crime while he or she possessed malicious intent, meaning the intent to intentionally commit an acted which is brought about and motivated by hatred towards the race, creed or religion of the victim. Accordingly, the crime of Ethnic Intimidation makes it an additional crime for an accused to commit one of the above crimes of criminal trespass, criminal mischief and vandalism for the purpose of harassing or intimidating a person as a result of his ethnicity or religion.

A conviction for Violent crimes such as ethnic intimidation can be very serious. Ethnic Intimidation is graded as a misdemeanor of the third degree if the offense (criminal mischief or criminal trespass) is classified as a summary offense. However, ethnic intimidation shall be graded as a misdemeanor of the second degree and punishable by a maximum of 2 years in prison and a $5,000 fine if the associated crime is a misdemeanor.assault crimes  Regardless of the degree of crime that you are charged with, you should make sure to speak with an experienced Chester County Violent Crimes attorney if you are being investigated for or have been charged with the crime of ethnic intimidation.