Fighting or Baiting Animals - Florida Statute 828.122(3)

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Have you been arrested for animal fighting in Riviera Beach, Florida? We can help! Are the police investigating for dog fighting in Boca Raton? We Don't Judge! Do you have pending charges for the criminal offense of fighting or baiting animals in North Palm Beach, Florida? We Defend!  Our Criminal Defense Attorneys defend cases primarily in Palm Beach County, Broward County and Martin County.  If you need a Criminal Lawyer, then consider contacting our office.

The Animal Fighting Act is codified under Florida Statute 828.122. The act provides that it is a third-degree felony for any person in the State of Florida to knowingly bait, breed, train, sell, transport, or own any animal for the purpose of fighting. It is also a third-degree felony to own, sell, or lease any equipment used in animal fighting, such as cages or prods. Any promoter of animal fighting who advertises or charges admission fees to an animal fight and any security person or referee to an animal fight can also be charged with a third-degree felony under the Animal Fighting Act. You can be charged with a third-degree felony for just being at the fight.

Everyone knows what animal fighting looks like but not everyone knows what baiting means. Baiting is where a chained animal is attacked by one or more unchained animals. Many centuries ago in England, some people watched bears, horses, monkeys, etc be chained and attacked to death by dogs.

This is a very broad statute that captures most individuals somehow involved in animal fighting. The animals can be roosters, dogs, bears, etc. The mere possession of the animals is not a violation of this statute. There are some defenses available to individuals who are charged with this crime.

Punishment for Animal Fighting or Baiting

Have you been charged with a violation of Florida Statute 838.122(3)? The charge of fighting or baiting animals is a third-degree felony which can carry with it a sentence of up to five years in Florida State Prison, as well as fines of up to $5,000. The State of Florida actively prosecutes crimes against animals. Unfortunately, there have been several high profile animal fighting cases in the media recently. Dog fights are extremely common in Florida, and people are arrested and prosecuted often under Florida Statute 828.122. This crime is ranked as level 1 under the Florida Criminal Punishment Code.

Contact The Law Office of Roger P. Foley, P.A.

If you have been charged with a violation of the Animal Fighting Act, contact an West Palm Beach Animal Fighting Attorney at The Law Office of Roger P. Foley, P.A. who can discuss your particular case, determine your potential defenses, and help determine how to proceed to achieve the best possible outcome in your situation.

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