Being accused of a hate crime can expose a person to especially severe consequences. According to recent FBI numbers, Minnesota has recently seen a small decrease in such offenses.

The FBI data indicates that, in 2018, law enforcement reported 126 hate crimes in the state. This nearly 15 percent less than the total from the prior year. Hate crime numbers were also down nationally last year.

This represents a reversal in trends when it comes to these types of offenses. Prior to 2018, the U.S. had been experiencing an increase in reported hate crimes since 2015.

What types of hate crimes were most common in 2018? According to the national numbers, crimes against individuals outnumbered crimes against property when it comes to these types of offenses.

Now, there have been calls in Minnesota to make changes when it comes to the reporting, investigation and prosecution of hate crimes. One wonders if such discussions will ultimately lead to any new laws and, if they do, what will happen in the state when it comes to the levels of hate crime arrests and cases.

The stakes are already high when a person is accused of a violent crime. When these allegations also include claims that the offense was a hate crime, a person’s future can be at great risk. So, when facing such allegations, it can be critical for an individual to understand what exactly their situation is and what they can do in response. Seeking the guidance of an experienced violent crime defense attorney can be a crucial step in this regard.