Criminal Civil Rights Violation Law and Legal Definition

A criminal civil rights violation refers to an offense that occurs as a result of the use of force or the threat of force by the offender against a victim. For instance an assault committed because of the victim's race or sexual orientation.

The offender to a criminal civil right violation can be prosecuted under various federal criminal civil rights statutes, such as those laws that prohibit hate crimes, bias crimes, and human trafficking.

A criminal civil rights violation can occur with:

a. hate crimes;

b. migrant worker exploitation;

c. law enforcement misconduct;

d. religious interference or property damage;

e. health care access interference, such as phone threat or bombing; and

f. slavery rings