Animal Abuse and Florida Law

Animal Abuse and Florida Law

Cruelty to animals, also called animal abuse or animal neglect, is both the unintentional (animal neglect) and the intentional infliction by humans of suffering or harm upon any non-human animal, regardless of whether the act is against the law.Animal Cruelty and Florida Law. Citizens in Florida are extremely sensitive toward cases of animal cruelty. Organized dog fighting comes to mind. These crimes are handled aggressively and punished severely.

Animal Cruelty Crimes and Penalties

In Florida, it can be a misdemeanor or a felony to abuse, kill or confine an animal without sufficient food, water or exercise. Animal cruelty as a misdemeanor is a crime punishable by up to 12 months in jail and a maximum fine of $5,000. Aggravated animal cruelty is a third-degree felony and punishable by a prison sentence up to 5 years and a maximum fine of $10,000. If a defendant is charged with intentionally torturing an animal, they face a fine of $2,500 and must complete anger management classes. A second conviction can have them paying $5,000 and six months jail time.

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If you have been charged with any type of animal cruelty or mistreatment, please call Ronald Chapman immediately. It is imperative to speak to an aggressive and experienced criminal defense attorney. He will listen to your side of the story and work directly with and for you.

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  • Try to get the best possible result for you.

Defense Attorney West Palm Beach

Ronald Chapman practices criminal defense in both State and Federal Courts within the State of Florida. Since 1990, Mr. Chapman has been representing people accused of committing various types of crimes. If you are facing criminal charges in Florida, Ronald Chapman can help.

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400 Clematis Street, Suite 206
West Palm Beach, FL 33401


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