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Animal Fighting – C.R.S. 18-9-204

Animal Fighting in Colorado

Although Animal Fighting cases are not as frequent as other types of matters, Colorado law takes Animal Fighting cases seriously and these cases are not just limited to dog fighting.

The specific law, C.R.S. 18-9-204, seems pretty simple as it prohibits any person from “causing, sponsoring, arranging, holding or encouraging a fight between animals for the purpose of monetary gain or entertainment.”

What it means to “cause, sponsor, arrange, hold or encourage” in this context is not a clear or simple question. Under our law, this can include simply being present at a place where the fight is occurring. It also includes, but is not limited to, someone who is not even present but simply places a wager.

If facing this charge, it is imperative that you do everything you can to protect yourself. This includes hiring a knowledgeable and experienced defense attorney because a first conviction on an Animal Fighting charge is a class 5 felony. Further, the conviction includes a minimum fine of $1,000.00.

A second or subsequent conviction for this charge would be a class 4 felony and would include a minimum conviction of $5,000.00.

As with many other animal related crimes, these cases are complex and there are different defenses that may be applicable depending on your situation.

When charged with Animal Fighting, a skilled Denver criminal defense attorney is essential.  Contact our Denver criminal defense lawyers today to discuss your options.

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