Animal Cruelty Crimes in Texas
If you have been accused of animal cruelty, help from a criminal defense attorney in Austin is invaluable. The law protecting animals in Texas isn’t always easy to understand. Sometimes that means a conviction can bring a much more severe sentence than your crime merits. Another important concern with animal cruelty laws in Texas is that they protect only domesticated animals and wild animals under the care and control of a facility. If you are accused of animal cruelty, you could face a misdemeanor or a felony charge. Depending on the severity of the charge, this could mean jail time, fines, or both. If you have been accused of animal cruelty, I can help.
Animal Abuse or Animal Neglect: What is the Difference?
According to the Texas Penal Code, abuse can become a crime when involving a domesticated animal in the following ways:
- Transporting or confining in a cruel manner
- Killing, poisoning, or seriously injuring
- Causing fighting
- Using as lures in races
- Tripping a horse
- Seriously overworking
- Injuring an animal not belonging to you
Animal neglect is defined narrowly and slightly differently. It can be committed by:
- Failing to feed, shelter, or care for an animal
- Abandoning an animal
Animal Cruelty Jail Time/Penalties
There are differences in the severity of each crime above and therefore differences in the charges as well. If you are convicted of an animal cruelty charge, you could face any sentence ranging from 365 days to 10 years in prison and fines from $4,000 to $10,000 included with the jail time. These consequences can change your life forever and have lasting effects on your job, family and friends. Let me try to help you avoid these changes by fighting for your case.
Defending Against Animal Cruelty Charges
If you have been accused of one of these crimes, an Austin criminal defense attorney like me can help you understand the possible consequences and prepare a solid defense. I have the experience, knowledge, and tools to help you build a defense against any animal cruelty charge you may be facing. Call me today to alleviate concerns, answer questions, or acquire my services in your defense.
Click the video link below to see our very own, Eric Harron, speak in the news on the subject of animal abuse: