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Animal Cruelty Attorney in Bakersfield

Have you been accused of animal abuse or neglect?

Animal cruelty is a serious criminal offense in Bakersfield and throughout the state of California. If you have been accused of abusing or neglecting an animal, do not take the accusation lightly. Contact our firm and schedule a meeting with a criminal defense lawyer immediately. Hiring legal representation is the first and most essential step in preparing for your defense. No matter how frightened you may be of the consequences and penalties you could face, our attorneys are more than qualified to provide you with the sound legal advice you are going to need.

With us on your side, you will not have to go through this fight alone. According to state penal codes, any individual who "maliciously and intentionally maims, mutilates, tortures or wounds a living animal or maliciously and intentionally kills an animal" is guilty of animal cruelty. Subjecting an animal to needless suffering, such as by depriving it of food and water, can also be charged as animal cruelty. Other actions that could lead to animal cruelty charges include:

  • Leaving an animal unattended in a vehicle
  • Willful abandonment
  • Transporting animals in an inhumane way
  • Staging any type of animal fighting for personal amusement

Penalties for this type of criminal act can include either jail or prison time, as well as fines up to $20,000. If you want to have any chance at avoiding a criminal conviction for animal cruelty, call our firm so that we can get started on building a strategy for your defense.

Contact a Bakersfield criminal defense lawyer now!

Defending yourself against charges of animal cruelty is not going to be a simple task. In these types of cases, you need an attorney who is not only well-versed on the law, but one who has the criminal defense experience necessary to choose the proper defense strategy. If your actions against an animal were taken in self-defense or in defense of another, or the animal was killed by accident and with no malicious aforethought, a skilled lawyer can help you prove your claims and fight to get your case dismissed. There are even times when mistaken identity or false accusations could leave an innocent individual being wrongfully accused of animal abuse.

If you have been accused or charged with animal cruelty, contact an attorney at Campbell Whitten to request a free case evaluation now.