Should an Expungement Lawyer Help an Animal Abuser?

There is nothing worse than seeing a dog or other animal being abused or treated cruelly.  Most of us enjoy animals and their company, it seems unconscionable to us when people mistreat them. The month of April has been designated as Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month.  Countless people, as well as animal rights groups are trying to get law passed to protect animals from abusive owners. Hopefully the next step is to not allow them to apply for the ”clear my criminal record” procedure which comes with the help of an expungement lawyer.

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Currently, many states are pushing for legislation that would impose stiff penalties on people convicted of animal cruelty.  Animal advocates are stressing the need for animal abuse to be a felony rather than a misdemeanor, to emphasize that it is wrong to to deliberately inflict pain or injure an animal. Many of us have strong views on animal abuse.  When you see a defenseless animal that has obviously been abused, is ill or injured due to mistreatment, we get very angry and want something terrible to happen to the person who did it.

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Many people have expressed anger that someone guilty of animal abuse only received a fine or minimal time served for the crime of animal abuse.  Occasionally, when someone has a criminal history, they may try to seek expungement of their convictions.  However, many people feel that crimes like animal abuse should never have the opportunity to expunge their convictions.  It is such a heinous crime, and these abusers are very likely repeat the animal abuse if not stopped permanently.   How To Spot Animal Cruelty. One may think that it is easy to see when an animal is being abused, but that is not always the case.

For example, most people are familiar with “puppy mills,” where the owner has dozens of animals housed in cramped, filthy conditions, (rusted crowded cages, sitting in their own waste, etc).But what about individual dogs or cats in a home that are abused?  The experts at the ASPCA say that animals who display fearful, timid or aggressive behavior  may be experiencing abuse, but not always.However, one cannot determine animal abuse on behavior alone.

One of the characteristics that endears animals to us, is their forgiving, loving nature. State Laws That Prevent Animal CrueltyThe following states currently rank as the top five states in the U.S. that have the stiffest penalties for animal abuse.  These states include:

1.Illinois

2.Maine

3.California

4.Michigan

5.Oregon

Recent legislature has provided three main provisions for animal abuse: the duty to provide adequate care, the intentional infliction of pain and suffering, and anti-animal fighting.  Some states also allow for the seizure of property, such as cars and homes if animal fighting is part of the crime.   Many states are now strengthening their seizure and forfeiture laws in the last couple years.One example is Michigan, where intentional inflicting of pain carries the severest penalty for animal cruelty and is automatically a felony.  If one is found guilty of failure to provide adequate care, is penalty is a misdemeanor, but a second violation becomes a felony.

Subsequent violations also carry the penalty of a felony.  Animal fighting violations may carry the penalty of misdemeanor or a felony, depending on the severity of the fighting and abuse. So in summary, an expungement lawyer should not be able to help someone who is convicted of animal cruelty.  For more information on state laws preventing animal cruelty, you can visit the following link.

http://www.animallaw.info/articles/armpstatecruelty.htm

Thanks for stopping by my blog. Here is a heartwarming video to end the article.

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