Possessing a Dangerous Animal

Most states have laws regulating the ownership of exotic animals in order to protect public safety. In Illinois, it is illegal to own, care for, or in any other way have in possession a dangerous animal or primate. Ownership of one of these prohibited animals is only legal in certain cases, such as ownership by zoos, circuses, veterinary hospitals, and animal refuges. Otherwise, ownership can result in a Class C misdemeanor.

If you or someone you know has been accused of violating Illinois’ exotic animal laws, you may require legal counsel in order to ensure that your case is handled fairly and appropriately. Contact the Champaign criminal defense lawyers of Bruno Law Offices today at (217) 328-6000 to learn more about what you can do to defend yourself against these charges.

Penalties for Possessing a Dangerous Animal

In Illinois, individuals accused of possessing one of the prohibited animals listed as dangerous (including lions, bears, wolves, poisonous reptiles, and primates) may be subject to the following penalties:

  • Up to 30 days in jail
  • Up to $1500 in fines

Furthermore, the animal is likely to be taken into state custody. Exceptions exist only for primate owners who owned their animal prior to 2011 and who registered with the local animal control administrator before April of 2011.

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If you or someone you know has been accused of illegally owning a dangerous animal, we may be able to help. Contact the Champaign criminal defense attorneys of Bruno Law Offices at (217) 328-6000 today to discuss your case with an experienced legal professional.