Cruelty to Animals Defense Lawyer in Fort Myers
Animal cruelty charges can be a result of accidental negligence or a deep underlying psychological issue. Depending on the specific charges you are accused of, you may face anywhere from a $50 fine for a civil infraction or a $10,000 and years of prison for a felony. A Fort Myers criminal attorney can help you fight accusations of animal abuse and keep you out of jail.
Sometimes animal cruelty charges affect honest and kind owners who, through a series of unforeseeable circumstances, have ended up neglecting or abandoning their beloved pet. In these situations, you risk not only losing a member of your family, but also being put behind bars. Your Fort Myers criminal lawyer can help you fight these consequences by not only detailing the circumstances that resulted in the pet’s situation, but also present character witnesses who have seen you care for the animal in the past.
If the animal cruelty charge definitely points to you and it cannot be reasonably explained, your Fort Myers criminal attorney may work to get you psychiatric help, rather than incarceration. Many people who abuse animals are actually displaying early signs of psychopathic behavior that may later evolve into urges to harm other people.
When more than one animal has been victimized, you may receive more than one count of animal cruelty. These crimes may add up quickly, leaving you with very lengthy sentences and very expensive fines. The Law Offices of Michael M. Raheb have helped defend many past clients from animal cruelty accusations. Our crime defense in Cape Coral, FL has dealt with many situations, including:
- Animal fighting
- Owners failing to provide food, shelter, water or necessary medical care for animals
- Animal abuse
- Cruelly killing an animal
- Owners locking a pet in a warm car for lengthy periods of time
- Pet owners abandoning an animal
- Tripping a horse