Michigan Animal Cruelty Lawyer
Animal cruelty charges in Michigan can be severe. A wide range of actions (or in-actions) may justify animal cruelty charges, and depending on the number of animals harmed, one may be charged with a misdemeanor or felony; these charges will become a part of one’s criminal record so those who are so charged need to speak to an attorney. Most people who are charged with this kind of crime do not realize that they have done anything to harm an animal; it is unusual for offenders who intentionally cause harm to animals to be caught. Either way, talking to an attorney may help those charged avoid the serious charges being brought against them.
Animal Cruelty Sentencing
Whether one has been charged with an animal cruelty misdemeanor or felony, imprisonment is always going to be a possibility. First time misdemeanor offenders are unlikely to receive jail time, but it is important to hire an attorney to see to it that the best possible argument is made to keep one out of jail. The most likely consequences in a misdemeanor offense is that an offender will likely be placed on probation, as well as receive fines, costs and community service.
They Could Take Away Your Pet
Perhaps the most troubling penalty for being charged with animal cruelty is that prosecutors have the ability to file a civil action requesting that a court issue an order forfeiting an animal. In other words, even if one has not yet been convicted of animal cruelty, it is possible that they could lose their pet. Where a prosecutor pursues such an action, a hearing must be held, and the prosecutor must prove by a preponderance of the evidence (a far less standard than “beyond a reasonable doubt”) that animal cruelty has occurred.
Contact a Michigan Animal Cruelty Lawyer Today
Goldman & Associates are experienced criminal defense attorneys handling a wide variety of animal rights legal matters. Animal cruelty can damage an offender’s reputation forever; therefore, it is a charge that needs to be dealt with by a professional in a timely manner. These charges will not go away on their own; but with an attorney by your side, a deal may be made for less serious charges, or they may be dismissed altogether. Should trial become necessary, our firm is dedicated to providing the best possible argument which may be made on your behalf. Call us today for a free initial consultation at 586-268-2400.
Find Out How An Animal Rights Attorney Michigan Can Help
Animal cruelty charges in Michigan can be severe and irreparably harm one’s reputation. Often times people charged with these offenses do not realize that they have done anything wrong. In any case, the repercussions can be serious. If you have been charged with animal cruelty, do not hesitate, contact our office for a free consultation. We can help you understand what the Animal Rights’ are in Michigan.