Dogfighting is a serious criminal offense in California. While dogfighting is a type of animal abuse, the state uses the more specific Penal Code 597.5 to prosecute this act. Dogfighting is a “wobbler” charge in California. This means the court can charge individuals with either a misdemeanor or a felony.
Convictions for dogfighting can lead to fines and/or incarceration. Contact the Simmrin Law Group to learn more about how to fight dogfighting charges. Simply call (310) 997-4688 today.
Dogfighting Charges in California
The state of California uses Penal Code 597.5 to prosecute the four major actions that can lead to a dogfighting conviction. Individuals face this charge if they:
Own a Dog Used for Dogfighting
It is against the law to own a dog that will be used for dogfighting. Training a dog for fighting is also against the law in California. This charge can even apply if the dog never actually engages in dogfighting. Intending to use the dog in a fight can also result in criminal charges.
Run a Dog Fight
Running a dog fight is against the law in California. The court system prosecutes this charge if a fight occurs for the purposes of financial gain, amusement, or entertainment.
Aid or Abet Individuals Who Engage in Dogfighting
Individuals in California are not allowed to offer assistance to those who participate in dogfighting. Abetting anyone who commits any of the above acts is a criminal offense. Individuals can face this charge if they:
- Knew about someone else’s unlawful purpose AND
- Assisted or encouraged them AND
- Acted with the intent of facilitating a crime
Attend a Dog Fight
PC 597.5 charges can also apply if someone attends a dog fight. This charge may also apply if someone is only watching the preparation work for a dog fight. An individual can be convicted of this charge if they go to a dog fight willingly and intentionally.
The Simmrin Law Group can help you learn more about how to fight dogfighting charges in California. Just call (310) 997-4688 for assistance.
Outcomes of a Dogfighting Conviction in Los Angeles
Individuals in California can face misdemeanor or felony charges if they are accused of dogfighting. A misdemeanor conviction can result in:
- Fines of up to $5,000
- Incarceration of up to one year
Felony charges are more serious than misdemeanor offenses in Los Angeles. A felony conviction for dogfighting can result in:
- Fines of up to $50,000
- Incarceration of up to three years
Judges may offer probation in cases involving dogfighting. While on probation, all individuals are required to adhere to certain orders handed down by the court. For example, a judge may order an individual to check in with a parole officer on a regular basis.
Individuals who do not obey the orders from the court can violate their probation. Probation violations also lead to criminal charges in California. Individuals who violate their probation can spend time in either jail or prison in Los Angeles.
You can contact the Simmrin Law Group for help if you’re accused of dogfighting in California. We are ready to offer you comprehensive legal assistance and help you argue that:
You Did Not Own the Dog
Owning a dog used for dogfighting is against the law. We can help you show that the dog did not belong to you and/or was not in your care.
You Were Not Training Dogs to Fight
Some breeds of dogs are associated with dogfighting more than others, like pit bulls. Some people believe these dogs are only used for fighting. However, this is not the case. Perhaps you own pit bulls – or other bully breeds – because you enjoy the breed. We can help you fight back against these charges.
Speak to Us About Dogfighting Charges in Los Angeles
Don’t wait to get help if you’re charged under Penal Code 597.5 in California. Contact the Simmrin Law Group to help you handle dogfighting accusations. We may be able to get your charges reduced or even dismissed. Find out more by working with a criminal defense lawyer in Los Angeles. We offer a free consultation, so complete our online contact form now. You can also call us at (310) 997-4688.