In the aftermath of a violent crime, many victims of hate crimes feel betrayed, even blamed, and often feel they have been treated unfairly.
But when you go to court, the police are often there to defend you and to help you defend yourself.
This guide gives you some of the tools you’ll need to navigate the legal system in the event you’re being targeted by hate crime.
Read moreWhat you need before you go in courtWhat you should do when you’re chargedIf you’ve been charged with a hate crimeYou should have a lawyerIf you’re not sure if you should be charged, ask your police, social workers, probation service or court if you’re accused of committing a hate or racial hate crime (see Hate crime laws and sentencing below).
If you’re in the process of getting a court order to make sure you’re free to go, contact your local police station and ask to speak to a judge about it.
What you can do after you’re arrestedHow to avoid getting chargedWhen you’re taken to the police station, a lawyer can help you with your case.
If you’ve already had an arrest, a defence lawyer can provide you with legal advice and make sure your rights are respected.
A judge can also order you to make bail if you have no money and have no other options.
If you were arrested, the charges you’re facing will be decided by a judge who will also decide whether you have a right to a bail hearing.
You should never be charged with an offence in which you were not the victim or suspect.
For example, if you were a victim in a hate-motivated crime, you shouldn’t be charged for being an accessory.
You should not be charged if you are an accessory to a crime if you weren’t the victim.
You can’t be arrested and charged for the same offence again.
This means that you won’t be able to use your name, address, phone number or social media accounts to get in touch with police or the CPS.
You don’t have a duty to appear at a bail applicationIf you can’t make bail because you’re a defendant in a case, you don’t owe to appear.
You can only appear when there is a specific order for you to appear and you have to appear without penalty.
However, you’ll be required to provide a copy of any bail conditions and a copy that your lawyer has prepared.
If there’s no bail order and you’re the defendant in the case, the court will have a hearing.
If there’s a bail order, the judge will have the right to order you not to appear, so you’ll have to attend the hearing.
If a judge makes an order you don