Dogfights and Illinois Law

Dogfighting is the practice of training a dog to fight another animal or a human for the entertainment of an audience. While variations of this practice have existed for centuries, it is no longer considered acceptable behavior in modern society. Dogfights are illegal in every US state, and often carry steep penalties for those convicted of hosting them.

If you have been accused of participating in, organizing, or assisting with a dogfight, you need experienced legal representation. Dogfights are so highly stigmatized among many people that it can be difficult for individuals accused of participating in dogfights to receive fair treatment under the law. To discuss your rights with a knowledgeable Champaign animal cruelty defense lawyer, call the offices of Bruno Law Offices at (217) 328-6000.

Dogfighting Crimes and Penalties

The following are felony offenses under Illinois dogfight laws:

  • Training a dog to participate in fights against other animals or humans
  • Selling a dog or other animal knowing that it will be used in such a fight
  • Allowing dogfights to be organized or held on your property
  • Selling or transporting equipment knowing that it will be used in dogfights
  • Attending or giving money to any exhibit in which animals are made to fight
  • Advertising, selling tickets to, or otherwise supporting dogfights
  • Soliciting a minor to commit any of the above offenses

These actions may be considered Level 3 or Level 4 felonies, depending on certain factors. For example, if you have prior dogfighting convictions, or you have been accused of allowing a minor to participate in dogfights in any capacity, your charges may be moved up to Level 3. Depending on the circumstances, you may be fined up to $50,000 and could face other penalties.

If you have been charged with any kind of animal cruelty offense, you need an experienced and dedicated Champaign criminal defense attorney to help ensure that your rights are protected.

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The Champaign criminal defense lawyers of Bruno Law Offices are committed to providing compassionate and efficient legal services for each of our clients. To discuss what we can do for you, contact our offices at (217) 328-6000.