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Animal Neglect Lawyer

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Animal Cruelty Defense Lawyer

 

Animal cruelty prosecutions in Virginia can be sensational and inflammatory.  Prosecutors and Police love to do press releases and use inflammatory rhetoric when they suspect animal cruelty or neglect.  Search warrants are often executed and animals are seized.  Clients often face criminal prosecutions and considerable costs all at the same time.  Many times animal owners are held to an unreasonable standard of care, with government officials expecting the owners to have the training of a veterinarian and the same level of resources as the government. Robert L. Lichtenstein is an experienced animal neglect lawyer, who has handled many cases of animal cruelty over the past twenty-five plus years.


Defending Animal Cruelty Cases

 

If you have been accused of criminal animal cruelty and/or neglect, you may be fearful of what possible outcomes await you and your pets. Robert L. Lichtenstein is a compassionate lawyer, who has a strong understanding of the animal rights and the animal cruelty defense practice. Lichtenstein has an impressive track record and has won many animal neglect trials.  Let us help you with your case.  Don’t wait. Call Today!


Dog Fighting Lawyer

 

Dog fighting is one of the most heinous forms of animal cruelty. Fighting dogs are typically raised in isolation, so they spend most of their lives on short, heavy chains. They are regularly conditioned for fighting through the use of drugs, including anabolic steroids to enhance muscle mass and encourage aggressiveness. Fighting dogs may have their ears cropped and tails docked close to their bodies to minimize the animal’s normal body language cues and to limit areas that another dog can grab during a fight. Fighters usually perform this cropping/docking themselves using crude and inhumane techniques.

Although dog fighting is a felony in all 50 states, it continues to occur in every part of the country and in every type of community. Fights can happen in a variety of locations ranging from back alleys to carefully-staged enterprises. Fights typically take place in a 14-20 square-foot pit designed to contain the animals. Fights can last just a few minutes or several hours, and both animals may suffer injuries including puncture wounds, lacerations, blood loss, crushing injuries and broken bones. Although fights are not usually to the death, many dogs succumb to their injuries later, and losing dogs are often discarded, killed or brutally executed as part of the “sport.”

Dog fighting is often associated with other forms of criminal activity including illegal gambling and possession of drugs and firearms. By our estimate, there are tens of thousands of dog fighters in the U.S., forcing hundreds of thousands of dogs to train, fight, and suffer every year.


3.2-6571. Animal Fighting; penalty

 

  1. No person shall knowingly:
    1. Promote, prepare for, engage in, or be employed in, the fighting of animals for amusement, sport or gain;
  2. Attend an exhibition of the fighting of animals;
  3. Authorize or allow any person to undertake any act described in this section on any premises under his charge or control; or
  4. Aid or abet any such acts.

Except as provided in subsection B, any person who violates any provision of this subsection is guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor.
B. Any person who violates any provision of subsection A in combination with one or more of the following is guilty of a Class 6 felony:
1. When a dog is one of the animals;

  1. When any device or substance intended to enhance an animal’s ability to fight or to inflict injury upon another animal is used, or possessed with intent to use it for such purpose;
  2. When money or anything of value is wagered on the result of such fighting;
  3. When money or anything of value is paid or received for the admission of a person to a place for animal fighting;
  4. When any animal is possessed, owned, trained, transported, or sold with the intent that the animal engage in an exhibition of fighting with another animal; or
  5. When he permits or causes a minor to (i) attend an exhibition of the fighting of any animals or (ii) undertake or be involved in any act described in this subsection.
    C. 1. Any animal control officer, as defined in § 3.2-6500, shall confiscate any animal that he determines has been, is, or is intended to be used in animal fighting and any equipment used in training such animal or used in animal fighting.
  6. Upon confiscation of an animal, the animal control officer shall petition the appropriate court for a hearing for a determination of whether the animal has been, is, or is intended to be used in animal fighting. The hearing shall be not more than 10 business days from the date of the confiscation of the animal. If the court finds that the animal has not been used, is not used and is not intended to be used in animal fighting, it shall order the animal released to its owner. However, if the court finds probable cause to believe that the animal has been, is, or is intended to be used in animal fighting, the court shall order the animal forfeited to the locality unless the owner posts bond in surety with the locality in an amount sufficient to compensate the locality for its cost of caring for the animal for a period of nine months. He shall post additional bond for each successive nine-month period until a final determination by the trial court on any criminal charges brought pursuant to subsections A or B.
  7. Upon a final determination of guilt by the trial court on criminal charges brought pursuant to subsections A or B, the court shall order that the animal be forfeited to the locality. Upon a final determination of not guilty by the trial court on the underlying criminal charges, a confiscated animal shall be returned to its owner and any bond shall be refunded to him.
    D. Any person convicted of violating any provision of subsection A or B shall be prohibited by the court from possession or ownership of companion animals or cocks.
    E. In addition to fines and costs, the court shall order any person who is convicted of a violation of this section to pay all reasonable costs incurred in housing, caring for, or euthanizing any confiscated animal. If the court finds that the actual costs are reasonable, it may order payment of actual costs.
    F. The provisions of this section shall not apply to any law-enforcement officer in the performance of his duties. This section shall not prohibit (i) authorized wildlife management activities or hunting, fishing, or trapping authorized under any title of the Code of Virginia or regulations promulgated thereto or (ii) farming activities authorized under Title 3.2 of the Code of Virginia or regulations promulgated thereto.

 


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Robert L. Lichtenstein, Esquire

222 North Main Street, Suite 300

Post Office Box 1447

Hopewell, Virginia 23860

(804) 452-5424

 

 

 

 


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2015-07-15T17:07:54+00:00

T. Barncroft

"Great Result and all I had to do was get you a copy of my driving record! Thank you."

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2016-07-12T09:55:11+00:00

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2016-07-08T10:46:24+00:00

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2016-07-08T10:45:33+00:00

J. Freeman

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You guys were great! Not only did you get my ticket taken care of wonderfully, you treated me like a life long friend and not just a client or a number. Thank you again!

C. Scroggins

5.0
2015-07-15T17:15:09+00:00

C. Scroggins

You guys were great! Not only did you get my ticket taken care of wonderfully, you treated me like a life long friend and not just a client or a number. Thank you again!

Very Professional

Mr. Lichtenstein is very professional with his client, he keeps contact with you and best of all he WINS your case! If I ever need him again (Praying I wont) I will call on him, and recommend him to others!

S. Trexler

5.0
2015-07-15T17:21:09+00:00

S. Trexler

Mr. Lichtenstein is very professional with his client, he keeps contact with you and best of all he WINS your case! If I ever need him again (Praying I wont) I will call on him, and recommend him to others!

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C. Smith

5.0
2016-07-08T10:48:31+00:00

C. Smith

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I was ticketed for an accident that I didn't even cause. My insurance company paid for the other vehicle, but I was given a ticket to appear in court. I had never been in trouble before, and I was extremely nervous.  Robert appeared in court with me and I was finally able to get vindication, as the accident was not my fault. Thank you so much.

S. Pegram

5.0
2015-07-15T17:24:32+00:00

S. Pegram

I was ticketed for an accident that I didn't even cause.

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Thank you so much for your assistance with this matter. Most importantly thank you for caring about my future. Without your representation I woul dnever have received such a favorable result.  Your representation was excellent.

E. Daugherty

5.0
2015-08-05T14:15:55+00:00

E. Daugherty

Thank you so much for your assistance with this matter. Most importantly thank you for caring about my future. Without your representation I woul dnever have received such a favorable result.  Your representation was excellent.

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5.0
2016-07-12T09:54:16+00:00

T. Kruger

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M. Taggart

5.0
2016-07-08T10:43:09+00:00

M. Taggart

Robert is a great lawyer. He listens and more importantly understands your unique situation which enables him to provide the best legal assistance for your particular need. Thanks again Robert. What a Great service you provided me.

My Attorney for Life

I have a lead foot and I found myself with a ticket and facing unknown fines and costs. Robert went to court with me and saved me money and headaches... Thank you Lich

C. Pegram

5.0
2015-07-15T17:17:27+00:00

C. Pegram

I have a lead foot and I found myself with a ticket and facing unknown fines and costs. Robert went to court with me and saved me money and headaches... Thank you Lich

The Best!

I had enough to worry about before my military deployment and thank you so much for getting my ticket taken care of without my appearance. I was worried that I was going to have to drive up from NC, but you took care of it without my appearance and helped alleviate some of my worries. If I need anyone in the future, I know where to go.

G. Rodriguez

5.0
2015-07-15T17:14:07+00:00

G. Rodriguez

I had enough to worry about before my military deployment and thank you so much for getting my ticket taken care of without my appearance. I was worried that I was going to have to drive up from NC, but you took care of it without my appearance and helped alleviate some of my worries. If I need anyone in the future, I know where to go.

Great Job!

W. Crusan

5.0
2016-07-08T10:49:45+00:00

W. Crusan

Awesome Customer Service

Awesome customer service... I live out of state and this office treated me like family. They were up front , honest and helped me understand the situation with my tickets and spoke on my behalf when contacting the courthouse. I was trying to deal with things last minute and could've been taken advantage of due to not understanding VA law or court process yet I was given honest council and advice .

R. Clark

5.0
2016-07-05T13:24:28+00:00

R. Clark

Awesome customer service... I live out of state and this office treated me like family. They were up front , honest and helped me understand the situation with my tickets and spoke on my behalf when contacting the courthouse. I was trying to deal with things last minute and could've been taken advantage of due to not understanding VA law or court process yet I was given honest council and advice .

Honored

We are honored to have your represent our son!

A. Conover

5.0
2015-08-04T13:39:01+00:00

A. Conover

We are honored to have your represent our son!

Thank you so much!

We really appreciate everything that you did for our child.  We couldn't have asked for anything more.

C. Daughtery

5.0
2015-08-04T13:37:53+00:00

C. Daughtery

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Great attorney. He will work hard for you.

S. Readmond

5.0
2016-07-08T10:44:13+00:00

S. Readmond

Great attorney. He will work hard for you.

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A. Lichtman

5.0
2016-07-08T10:47:50+00:00

A. Lichtman

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As a truck driver with a CDL, I chose Robert LIchtenstein because he valued my CDL as much as I did. He went to bat for me and not only did he exceed my expectations, but he gained a client for life. Thank you so much!

A. Gilliam

5.0
2015-07-15T17:13:08+00:00

A. Gilliam

As a truck driver with a CDL, I chose Robert LIchtenstein because he valued my CDL as much as I did. He went to bat for me and not only did he exceed my expectations, but he gained a client for life. Thank you so much!

The Best.

A. Church

5.0
2016-07-08T10:49:14+00:00

A. Church

Couldn’t Be Happier

Living in New Hampshire I was nervous about finding an attorney in Virginia. I attempted to contact several attorneys before talking to Chris in this office. He took time with me and reminded me of my grandson. After speaking with this office, my nervousness and fears were diminished and Robert got my traffic matter handled without my appearance. I am very appreciative. When you call ask for Chris, he was great with me. Blessings to your firm from New Hampshire.

W. Royster

5.0
2015-07-15T17:11:44+00:00

W. Royster

Living in New Hampshire I was nervous about finding an attorney in Virginia. I attempted to contact several attorneys before talking to Chris in this office. He took time with me and reminded me of my grandson. After speaking with this office, my nervousness and fears were diminished and Robert got my traffic matter handled without my appearance. I am very appreciative. When you call ask for Chris, he was great with me. Blessings to your firm from New Hampshire.
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