Fort Worth Dog Fighting Lawyer

It should come as no surprise that dog fighting is a felony in Fort Worth. Dog fighting is defined as a situation where a person causes one dog to fight another dog.

The most obvious violation of this statute is just that – causing a dog to fight another dog. The dog fighting statute is broader than that violation.  If a person receives earnings as a result of dog fighting, they, too, are guilty of the offense. Further, if a person operates a facility which is used for dog fighting, they have also violated the statute.  It is also illegal to own a dog with the intent of using it to fight. Similarly, individuals who train dogs for dog fighting violate the law.  Finally, even spectators can be charged under Texas’ dog fighting statute.

Individuals who own or possess dog fighting equipment, for the purpose of training dogs for dog fighting, or to otherwise advance dog fighting are guilty under the statute.  Dog fighting equipment includes equipment used for both training or handling dogs designated to fight.  This can include harnesses, treadmills, cages, decoys, pens, feeding apparatus, and houses designed for keeping fighting dogs, as well as training pens.  It also includes the equipment necessary for transporting a fighting dog, including cars, trailers, etc.  Additionally, equipment used to promote or advertise dog fighting, including printing presses, other similar equipment, paper, ink, etc., are considered “dog fighting equipment.”  Finally, the dog itself, if trained, being trained, or kept with the intent of fighting other dogs can be considered dog fighting equipment. More information can be found by referencing Texas Penal Code Section 42.10.

What is the punishment for Dog Fighting in Fort Worth?

Dog fighting is classified either a state jail felony or a Class A misdemeanor. If you are facing allegations, call a Fort Worth dog fighting lawyer today to protect your rights.

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Benson Varghese is the managing partner of Varghese Summersett. He is a seasoned attorney, highly esteemed for his comprehensive knowledge and expertise in the field. He has successfully handled thousands of state and federal cases, ranging from misdemeanor driving while intoxicated cases to capital offenses, showcasing his commitment to preserving justice and upholding the rights of his clients. His firm covers criminal defense, personal injury, and family law matters. Benson is also a legal tech entrepreneur. Benson is a go-to authority in the legal community, known for his ability to explain complex legal concepts with clarity and precision. His writings offer a wealth of in-depth legal insights, reflecting his extensive experience and his passion for the law. Not only is Benson an accomplished litigator, but he is also a dedicated advocate for his clients, consistently striving to achieve the best possible outcomes for them. His authorship provides readers with valuable legal advice and an understanding of the complexities of the criminal justice system. CriminalPersonal InjuryFamily Law Contact