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Criminal defense: Man faces hate crime charges

A 37-year-old Staten Island resident is under arrest after being accused of a hate crime, according to local news. New York authorities arrested the man for his alleged connection to the beating of an Orthodox Jewish man in Brooklyn. If he is convicted, he could face serious jail time, but he will be represented in court by a criminal defense attorney. 

According to the report, the 62-year-old Orthodox man was traveling to a local synagogue on the morning of Oct. 14 when the attack happened. The victim said his assailant was not speaking English, and that he could only make out a few words including "Allah" and "Israel." Based on this characterization, police apparently suspected the crime could have been hate-motivated.

Police say they found the 37-year-old man in the act of beating the older man in Boro Park. Bystanders attested that a second man who tried to intervene was also attacked. Officers arrested the 37-year-old and charged him with assault as a hate crime. The victim was taken to a local hospital to be treated for minor injuries, including cuts and bruises.

In today's racially-charged social atmosphere, allegations of hate crimes are taken extremely seriously in New York and elsewhere in the nation. However, the same atmosphere can contribute to a misunderstanding of some situations that could be wrongly perceived as hate-motivated. It will be vital for the accused man's criminal defense representation to determine the specifics of the alleged assault. Whether accused of simple assault or assault as a hate crime, a defendant is fully entitled to the presumption of innocence and prosecutors must actually prove each element of the charge/s by competent proof that is determined to be beyond a reasonable doubt. 

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