Texas Animal Cruelty Defense Attorney

Animal cruelty is a serious offense in Williamson County Texas. The offenses listed here under Texas animal cruelty laws can be classified as a felony and can send you to jail for up to two years fine you up to$10,000.

Largely in response to unusually cruel treatment to a puppy named Loco, whose eyes were intentionally gouged out, the Texas legislature passed laws often referred to as “Loco’s Law”. Prior to this time animal cruelty in Texas was not considered a felony. Today convictions are classified as a Class A misdemeanor, or if previously convicted, a felony. These laws, House Bill 653 and Senate Bill 1724 went into effect September 1, 2001.

Texas Penal Code PENAL 42.092 Cruelty to Non-Livestock Animals

The Texas Penal Code lists these actions to non-livestock animals as cruelty criminal offenses:

Animals considered livestock are addressed in Texas Penal Code 42.09. The offenses are very similar, but there are differences. Penalties are similar as well.

If You Are Accused of Animal Cruelty

There are defenses against accusations of animal cruelty. Steve Hesse has extensive experience in Williamson County animal cruelty cases. Listed below are enumerated defenses against these accusations per the Texas Penal Code. It is not always a simple matter for the prosecution to make a determination in your case. Animal cruelty is a very emotional issue and negative perceptions can be misleading and harmful to your case. A lawyer familiar with the Williamson County Court and Justice System, and the laws concerning non-livestock and livestock animal cruelty is essential in getting you the best possible outcome your individual circumstances allow.

It is a defense to prosecution under this section that:

This section does not create a civil cause of action for damages or enforcement of the section.

Experienced Board Certified Criminal Attorney

Steve B. Hesse Jr. is a Texas Board Certified criminal law specialist who spent 6 years as an Assistant District Attorney in the Williamson County District Attorney's Office. During this time Steve investigated and prosecuted the most serious crimes in Williamson County. Mr. Hesse is now one of the top criminal Defense attorneys in Williamson County. As early as 2006, Steve was recognized as "Prosecutor of the Year" by the Williamson County Children's Advocacy Center for his efforts in protecting children from criminal offenders.

Steve Hesse is particularly effective in defending these types of charges in Williamson County. Mr. Hesse uses his extensive experience in these areas of law to create the most favorable outcome for you. Mr. Hesse is available to make sure your constitutional rights are fully protected. Call 512-930-2120 or fill out the contact form now for an initial free consultation to discuss your legal matter.