Penalties for misconduct vary greatly from state to state. For example, the maximum amount of incarceration varies from a low of six months in North Carolina to a high of 15 years in Idaho. Fines vary greatly as well. Here are several examples of state penalties:
Alabama – 10 years, maximum jail, $5000 maximum fine
Alaska – 1 year maximum jail, $10,000 maximum fine
Arizona – 1 year maximum jail, $150,000 maximum fine
Arkansas – 1 year maximum jail, $1,000 maximum fine
California – 3 years maximum jail, $20,000 maximum fine
Colorado – 6 years maximum jail, $500,000 maximum fine
D.C. – 5 years, maximum jail, $25,000 maximum fine
Idaho – 15 years maximum jail, $9,000 maximum fine
Iowa – 5 years maximum jail, $75,000 maximum fine
Louisiana – 10 years maximum jail, $25,000 maximum fine
Montana – 2 years maximum jail, $2500 maximum fine
Oregon – 5 years maximum jail, $100,000 maximum fine
Tennessee – 9 months maximum jail, No fine listed
Wyoming – 2 years maximum jail, $5,000 maximum fines
Cruelty to Animals:
Laws are created by each state to protect animals from mistreatment, abuse and neglect. Generally, the owner of an animal is responsible for proper feeding, care, shelter and treatment. Mistreatment can result in fines, incarceration and other consequences.
What is an “Animal?”
For purposes of clarification, many state statutes make a distinction between “animals,” “livestock,” “pet” and “wild creature.” In Texas, for example, an animal is defined as “a domesticated living creature and wild living creature previously captured.”
Cruelty to Animals – State Laws Define Permissible Conduct:
There are generally two categories of conduct that are penalized by state law:
What Types of Animal Conduct are Considered Cruel?
In Texas, a person commits an offense if they knowingly or intentionally:
What Does “Cruel Manner” and Torture Mean in Regard to Animal Mistreatment?
Cruelty to Non-Livestock Animals:
As per the Texas laws, the following definitions are useful:
Committing an Act of Animal Abuse:
A person commits an act of animal abuse if they knowingly, intentionally or recklessly:
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A: A prescription, valid prescription, is an affirmative defense to a possession charge [if it applies to the drug possessed], so the case will go away. If you carry your prescriptions in unmarked containers, you can count on being arrested over and over - why would you do that?
A: This differs from State to State and is explained in the Rules of Criminal Procedure. Usually, you have to state who your witnesses will be, what your theory of defense is, and what exhibits you will use. Your disclosure requirements are similar to the State's.
A: This is one of the reasons that a person should not represent him/herself. This is a very basic issue in all states, but the answer differs from state to state, and the chances are that if you don't know that answer, you will not be well served by serving as your own attorney.
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