The lawyers at the Fort Myers based Animal Cruelty law firm of Viacava & Cantor are ready to defend you if you have been accused of Animal Cruelty in Labelle, Port Charlotte, Punta Gorda, Naples or Fort Myers.
Animal Cruelty is a charge that tends to occur more commonly in the Hendry County / Labelle area when looking at the geographical map of Animal Cruelty arrests in Southwest Florida. A common sense look at that fact tends to show that in more rural areas where people have more land (and often times have farms) as well as more animals there is a greater chance for an Animal Cruelty arrest to occur. Animal Cruelty cases are often solely based upon the circumstantial evidence pertaining to how the physical condition of the animal appeared to the officer or investigator.
Florida Animal Cruelty Laws Explained
Beyond being completely subjective in nature, an Animal Cruelty charge based solely upon circumstantial evidence of how the physical condition of the animal appeared to the officer or investigator is incredibly myopic, as it does not take into account the various ways beyond neglect or cruelty at which an animal can arrive upon a poor physical condition. Depending upon how your Animal Cruelty case is charged you can either be accused of misdemeanor Animal Cruelty or felony Animal Cruelty. At Viacava & Cantor the lawyers are experienced in the defense of Animal Cruelty cases and understand that when you are accused of a crime like Animal Cruelty you want a dedicated attorney on your side to help you fight the charge.
Animal Cruelty Punishment
Animal Cruelty can either be charged as a first degree misdemeanor or a third degree felony. First degree misdemeanors are punishable by a maximum of one year in county jail whereas third degree felonies are punishable by a maximum of five years in prison. In order to obtain a conviction for the misdemeanor charge of animal cruelty the State must prove that the Defendant unnecessarily overloaded or overdrove or tormented or mutilated or killed an animal OR that the Defendant deprived an animal of necessary sustenance or shelter or carried an animal in or upon a vehicle or otherwise in a cruel or inhumane manner. In order to obtain a conviction for the felony charge of animal cruelty the State must prove that the Defendant intentionally committed an act to an animal which resulted in the excessive or repeated infliction of unnecessary pain or suffering to an animal or which resulted in an animal’s cruel death.
Mounting an Animal Cruelty Defense
The lawyers at the Fort Myers based Criminal Defense Law Firm of Viacava & Cantor handle animal cruelty cases throughout the State of Florida. The Criminal Defense Law Firm of Viacava & Cantor is located in Fort Myers with close and convenient access to all other areas in Southwest Florida including Fort Myers, Naples, Cape Coral, Port Charlotte, Punta Gorda, Fort Myers Beach, Sanibel, Captiva and Marco Island. Call a lawyer from Viacava & Cantor at 239-672-8934 (Fort Myers) for a free consultation to discuss the specific facts of your case.