Detroit & Michigan Animal Cruelty Defense Lawyer and Attorney

Animal Cruelty Casebook
Often times animal cruelty charges arise, not through actual abuse but when animals are subjected to abusive conditions. The Law Office of James G. Schmier, PLLC, has handled several high profile cases where clients have been charged with felony animal abuse, a four-year felony.

While many may think of animal abuse cases such as that of Michael Vick, who was breeding and training dogs to fight or other cases involving puppy mills, most involve individuals who honestly believe they are doing the right thing and love the animals they are accused of abusing. In these cases there may be no criminal intent, but the authorities often times, still charge these individuals with felonies exposing them to possible jail time and criminal records.

At the Law Office of James G. Schmier, we will look at all the facts, seek counseling and/ or other experts for our clients, work with the Prosecutor to make sure a similar incident does not happen again but also to make sure our clients don’t go to jail but obtain the help they need to understand the nature of their actions.

Ken Lang
Our office represented Ken Lang, an obsessive compulsive hoarder, who besides hoarding everything from old tv’s to obsolete computer systems, also collected 109 living Chihuahuas and 150 dead ones stored in a freezer in the basement. This was one of the largest animal hoarding cases to ever happen. In talking to Ken, we learned that Ken did not fully understand what he had done and felt he was doing his best to take care the dogs. Ken received probation, was ordered not possess other animals, and received counseling to make sure it didn’t happen again.

Patricia Wenderski
Recently we represented Patricia Wenderski. Patricia, is a gentle woman who had a reputation for taking in dogs and cats whose owners were going to take them to the animal shelter, where, unless adopted, would probably be put to sleep. Believing she was able to do a better job, Patricia ended up with 35 dogs, a dozen or so cats, and several rabbits. Unfortunately, the situation got out of control, Patricia was unable to properly care for these animals, and the conditions in which she and the animals lived became a health hazard. Charged with felony animal cruelty, the home was destroyed and Patricia faced several years in prison. Obviously, no one wants a situation like this to happen again, and out goal was to get Patricia the help she needed to make sure it didn’t.

If you are facing animal cruelty charges or are in a position where you could face these charges, call the Law Office of James G. Schmier, PLLC and speak to James G. Schmier for a no-cost consultation to discuss your animal cruelty case.

The Law Office of James G. Schmier, PLLC is a Criminal Defense, Drunk Driving DUI and Family Law and Divorce law firm and provides legal representation in Wayne County, Oakland County, Macomb County and throughout Michigan including these Michigan cities:

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The Law Office of James G. Schmier, PLLC
Criminal Defense, Drunk Driving DUI Defense and Family Law Divorce Attorney
(248) 705 3742